Janie Diels

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

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Communication, Cornell University (2006)
  • M.S., Communication, Cornell University (2002)
  • B.A., Communication & Psychology, UW-Madison (1997)


Associate Provost

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Media Effects, Trends in Media Use, and Social Cognition

Recent publications:

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.