I study how media shape how we think about each other, ourselves, and the world we live in. I teach courses in COM and NMS.
Interim Provost/Associate Professor of Communication
Communication and New Media Studies
- Ph.D., Communication, Cornell University (2006)
- M.S., Communication, Cornell University (2002)
- B.A., Communication & Psychology, UW-Madison (1997)
My career at Alma began in
I'm an expert in
Media Effects, Trends in Media Use, and Social Cognition
Diels, J. & Gorton, W. A. (2014) Scientific Abstraction in Presidential Debates. In Communication and Language Analysis in the Public Sphere, edited by Roderick P. Hart, Hershey PA: IGI Global.
Gorton, W. A. & Diels, J. (2011) Is Political Talk Getting Smarter? An Analysis of Presidential Debates and the Flynn Effect. Public Understanding of Science, 20 (5) 578-594.