I’m Jessica Renee Collier.
I am a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies, with a concentration in political communication, at the University of Texas at Austin. I also work as a Research Associate for the Center for Media Engagement.
I study how media organizations and technology platforms interact in ways that can be beneficial or detrimental to democracy. Currently, that includes exploring how exposure to fact-checks, misinformation, and hyperpartisan memes affect whether people hold accurate beliefs, polarize, or block/unfriend others on social media.
My work has been published in Mass Communication & Society, Journalism Practice, and in several edited volumes. I have presented at academic meetings including the International Communication Association, American Political Science Association, and American Association for Public Opinion Research as well as industry-led meetings by the International Fact-Checking Network, Facebook, and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.