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Jay Hmielowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Department of Public Relations

Office: 3040C Weimer Phone: 352-392-3995 Email:


Jay’s research interests include environmental, science, and political communication. He is interested in understanding why different messages are effective or ineffective at changing people’s attitudes and beliefs associated with various environmental, science, and political issues. He is also interested in how people’s attitudes and beliefs affect their information seeking behaviors.

Before coming to the University of Florida, Jay worked at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (WSU) where he served as an associate professor. Prior to his time at WSU, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona and a postdoctoral associate in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

Jay has over 40 publications in a range of outlets that includes top-tier communication journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. He is currently serving on the editorial board of four academic journals.


B.A., Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., Washington State University
Ph.D. The Ohio State University School of Communication



Refereed Journal Articles

Dixon, G., Hmielowski, J., & Ma, Y. (2020). More Evidence of Psychological Reactance to Consensus Messaging: A Response to van der Linden, Maibach, and Leiserowitz (2019). Environmental Communication, 1-7.

Dixon, G., Hart, P. S., Clarke, C., O’Donnell, N. H., & Hmielowski, J. (2020). What drives support for self-driving car technology in the United States?. Journal of Risk Research, 23(3), 275-287. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2018.1517384

Hmielowski, J., Kelvin, W., Hutchens, M., Silva, D., Beam, M., Donaway, R., & York, C. (2020). Communication Behaviors during Presidential Elections. Public Opinion Quarterly, 84(S1), 309-331. DOI: 10.1093/poq/nfaa013

Hmielowski, J., Hutchens, M., & Beam, M. (2020). Asymmetry of Partisan Media Effects?: Examining the Reinforcing Effects of Liberal and Conservative Media Outlets. Political Communication, 37(6), 852-868. DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2020.1763525

Hmielowski, J., Donaway, R., & Wang, M. Y. (2019). Environmental risk information seeking: The differential roles of anxiety and hopelessness. Environmental Communication, 13(7), 894-908.

Ma, Y., Dixon, G., & Hmielowski, J. (2019). Psychological reactance from reading basic facts on climate change: The role of prior views and political identification. Environmental Communication, 13(1), 71-86.

Boyd, A. D., Liu, J., & Hmielowski, J. (2019). Public support for energy portfolios in Canada: How information about cost and national energy portfolios affect perceptions of energy systems. Energy & Environment, 30(2), 322-340.

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J., & Beam, M. A. (2019). Reinforcing spirals of political discussion and attitude polarization. Communication Monographs, 86(3), 357-376. DOI: 10.1080/03637751.2019.1575255

Hmielowski, J., Boyd, A. D., Harvey, G., & Joo, J. (2019). The social dimensions of smart meters in the United States: Demographics, privacy, and technology readiness. Energy Research & Social Science, 55, 189-197.

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J., Silva, D. E., & Cicchirillio, V. J. (2019). What’s in a username?: Civility, group identification and norms. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 16(3), 203-218. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2019.1633983

Beam, M. A., Child, J. T., Hutchens, M. J., & Hmielowski, J. (2018). Context collapse and privacy management: Diversity in Facebook friends increases online news reading and sharing. new media & society, 20(7), 2296-2314. DOI: 10.1177/1461444817714790

Beam, M. A., Hmielowski, J., & Hutchens, M. J. (2018). Democratic Digital Inequalities: Threat and Opportunity in Online Citizenship From Motivation and Ability. American Behavioral Scientist, 62(8), 1079-1096. DOI: 10.1177/0002764218764253

Hmielowski, J., Kim, S., Hutchens, M. J., & Beam, M. A. (2018). Engaged or Disengaged? Examining the Relationship Between Electoral Ambivalence and Indicators of Political Engagement in the 2012 US Election. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26(1), 32-45. DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2018.1398164

Hmielowski, J., Wang, M. Y., & Donaway, R. R. (2018). Expanding the political philosophy dimension of the RISP model: Examining the conditional indirect effects of cultural cognition. Risk Analysis, 38(9), 1891-1903.

Beam, M. A., Hutchens, M. J., & Hmielowski, J. (2018). Facebook news and (de) polarization: reinforcing spirals in the 2016 US election. Information, Communication & Society, 21(7), 940-958. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.144478

Yamamoto, M., Hmielowski, J., Beam, M. A., & Hutchens, M. J. (2018). Skepticism as a political orientation factor: A moderated mediation model of online opinion expression. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 15(2), 178-192. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2018.1460287

Xiang, J., & Hmielowski, J. (2017). Alternative views and eroding support: The conditional indirect effects of foreign media and internet use on regime support in China. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 29(3), 406-425.

Hmielowski, J., Beam, M. A., & Hutchens, M. J. (2017). Bridging the partisan divide? Exploring ambivalence and information seeking over time in the 2012 US presidential election. Mass Communication and Society, 20(3), 336-357. DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2017.1278775

Wang, M. Y., Hmielowski, J., Hutchens, M. J., & Beam, M. A. (2017). Extending the spiral of silence: partisan media, perceived support, and sharing opinions online. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 14(3), 248-262. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2017.1338980

Dixon, G., Hmielowski, J., & Ma, Y. (2017). Improving climate change acceptance among US conservatives through value-based message targeting. Science Communication, 39(4), 520-534.

Boyd, A. D., Hmielowski, J., & David, P. (2017). Public perceptions of carbon capture and storage in Canada: Results of a national survey. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 67, 1-9.

Hmielowski, J. (2017). Secondary Research/Analysis. The International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, 1-5.

Kim, S., & Hmielowski, J. (2017). The Influence of Self-efficacy in Medical Drama Television Programming on Behaviors and Emotions that Promote Cervical Cancer Prevention. American journal of health behavior, 41(6), 719-727.

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J., Pinkleton, B. E., & Beam, M. A. (2016). A spiral of skepticism? The relationship between citizens’ involvement with campaign information to their skepticism and political knowledge. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1073-1090. DOI: 10.1177/1077699016654439

Beam, M. A., Hutchens, M. J., & Hmielowski, J. (2016). Clicking vs. sharing: The relationship between online news behaviors and political knowledge. Computers in Human Behavior, 59, 215-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.013

Hmielowski, J., Beam, M. A., & Hutchens, M. J. (2016). Structural changes in media and attitude polarization: Examining the contributions of TV news before and after the Telecommunications Act of 1996. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 28(2), 153-172. DOI: 10.1093/ijpor/edv012

Hmielowski, J., & Nisbet, E. C. (2016). “Maybe yes, maybe no?”: Testing the indirect relationship of news use through ambivalence and strength of policy position on public engagement with climate change. Mass Communication and Society, 19(5), 650-670.

Hmielowski, J., Kim, C., & Kim, S. (2015). Engaging the Congregation: Examining the Conditional Indirect Effects of Religious Leaders’ Cues on Environmental Behaviors. Journal of Communication and Religion, 38(1), 51-66.

Hutchens, M. J., Cicchirillo, V. J., & Hmielowski, J. (2015). How could you think that?!?!: Understanding intentions to engage in political flaming. New media & society, 17(8), 1201-1219. DOI: 10.1177/1461444814522947

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J., & Beam, M. A. (2015). Rush, Rachel, and Rx: Modeling partisan media's influence on structural knowledge of healthcare policy. Mass Communication and Society, 18(2), 123-143. DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2014.902968

Cicchirillo, V., Hmielowski, J., & Hutchens, M. J. (2015). The mainstreaming of verbally aggressive online political behaviors. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, And Social Networking, 18(5), 253-259. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2014.0355

Hmielowski, J., Feldman, L., Myers, T. A., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2014). An attack on science? Media use, trust in scientists, and perceptions of global warming. Public Understanding of Science, 23(7), 866-883.

Hmielowski, J., Hutchens, M. J., & Cicchirillo, V. J. (2014). Living in an age of online incivility: Examining the conditional indirect effects of online discussion on political flaming. Information, Communication & Society, 17(10), 1196-1211. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.899609

Feldman, L., Myers, T. A., Hmielowski, J., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014). The mutual reinforcement of media selectivity and effects: Testing the reinforcing spirals framework in the context of global warming. Journal of Communication, 64(4), 590-611.

Holbert, R. L., Lee, J., Esralew, S., Walther, W. O., Hmielowski, J., & Landreville, K. D. (2013). Affinity for political humor: An assessment of internal factor structure, reliability, and validity. Humor, 26(4), 551-572.

Holbert, R. L., Hmielowski, J., & Weeks, B. E. (2012). Clarifying relationships between ideology and ideologically oriented cable TV news use: A case of suppression. Communication Research, 39(2), 194-216.

Hmielowski, J. (2012). Intramedia moderation, electoral ambivalence, and electoral decision making. Mass Communication and Society, 15(3), 454-477.

McCluskey, M., & Hmielowski, J. (2012). Opinion expression during social conflict: Comparing online reader comments and letters to the editor. Journalism, 13(3), 303-319.

Dalisay, F., Hmielowski, J., Kushin, M. J., & Yamamoto, M. (2012). Social capital and the spiral of silence. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24(3), 325-345.

Holbert, R. L., Hmielowski, J., Jain, P., Lather, J., & Morey, A. (2011). Adding nuance to the study of political humor effects: Experimental research on juvenalian satire versus horatian satire. American Behavioral Scientist, 55(3), 187-211.

Hmielowski, J., Holbert, R. L., & Lee, J. (2011). Predicting the consumption of political TV satire: Affinity for political humor, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Communication Monographs, 78(1), 96-114.

Holbert, R. L., & Hmielowski, J. (2010). SecondaryAnalysis inPolitical CommunicationViewed asaCreative Act. Sourcebook for Political Communication Research: Methods, Measures, and Analytical Techniques.

Baltodano, B., Bishop, J., Hmielowski, J., Kang-Graham, J., Morozov, A., White, B., & Ross, S. D. (2007). Discourses of Blame and Responsibility: US/Canadian Media Representations of Palestinian-Israeli Relations. Conflict & Communication, 6(1).

Book Chapters

Hmielowski, J., Hutchens, M., Haridakis, P. M., & Beam, M. A. (2017). Social media, news platforms, and partisan exposure: Voters’ media preferences during the 2016 presidential campaign season. In The Presidency and Social Media (pp. 71-89). Routledge.


Hutchens, M., Hmielowski, J., Beam, M., & Romanova, E. (2020). Environment or Beliefs?: The Roles of Media Use and Media Trust on Misinformation in the 2016 Presidential Election. Paper/Poster at International Communication Association Annual.

Ma, Y., & Hmielowski, J. (2020). Feeling the Distance: Applying Emotions to Construal Level Theory in Climate Change Communication. Paper/Poster at International Communication Association .

Hmielowski, J., Kirkpatrick, A., & Boyd, A. (2020). Misperceiving Risk: Media Attention, Perceptions, Concern, and Support for Smart Meters. Paper/Poster at International Communication Association .

Hmielowski, J., Heffron, E., & Munroe, M. (2020). You’ve Lost that Trusting Feeling: Examining the Consequences and Conditions of the Diminishing Trust in the Press in Rural and Urban US Communities. Paper/Poster at AEJMC.

Hutchens, M., Hmielowski, J., Beam, M., & Romanova, E. (2020). Environment or beliefs? The roles of media use and media trust on misperceptions in the 2016 US Presidential election. Oral Presentation at International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia.

Elias, T., & Hmielowski, J. (2019). Expanding the Theory of Planned Behavior: Implications for Media Use, Race/Ethnicity, and Pro-Environmental Intentions. Paper/Poster at Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.

Myers, M., & Hmielowski, J. (2019). Laugh till I Seek: A Re-assessment of the Gateway Hypothesis. Paper/Poster at Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.


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