I’m Jessica Renee Collier.
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Center for Media Engagement. I received my Ph.D. in Communication Studies, with a concentration in political communication, from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2020. I hold an M.A. in Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and B.A. degrees in Psychology and Government from the University of Virginia.
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 the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Digital Journalism, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism Practice, and 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.