Graduate Student Directory

Ben Vollmer

Media Production, Management, and Technology


Ben Vollmer is a doctoral student at the University of Florida in the department of Media Production, Management, and Technology.

His research interests stem from a wide variety of professional experience, including writing about local communities and video games. His interests have branched into the ways people communicate, specifically online through social media and community-based websites like Discord and Twitch.

He earned Journalism Student of the Year in his senior year at the University of North Florida, covering a range of local topics for the Florida Times-Union. He also enjoys visualizing data, specifically using software like Tableau.



Refereed Journal Articles

Lee, S., Vollmer, B. T., Yue, C. A., & Johnson, B. K. (2021). Impartial endorsements: Influencer and celebrity declarations of non-sponsorship and honesty. Journal of Computers in Human Behavior, 122. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2021.106858


Vollmer, B. (2019). SOMA, Dark Souls, and the Need for Perspective on Video Games. Oral Presentation at University of North Florida English Graduate Organization, Jacksonville, FL.

Vollmer, B. T. (2018). Ludonarrative and Video Games as a Storytelling Medium. Oral Presentation at Pop Culture Association , Savannah, GA.



Digital third places, social media advertising, and video game research.

Professional Interests

Professional editing, data driven journalism, visualizing data, and mentorship.