• Ian Hawkins studies the role of media in influencing inter/intragroup relations using social scientific methods. His research applies an interdisciplinary lens to study two questions. First, how far-right messaging on social media strengthens White identity and upholds structural racism. Second, how stereotypical representations of marginalized groups in American media cultivate negative attitudes and support for discriminatory policies. These two lines approach research from an intergroup perspective to understand how digital content interacts with social and political identities to reinforce attitudes that support existing group hierarchies. Currently, he is using longitudinal and experimental methods to examine how exposure to pro-White themes in digital media are influencing willingness to participate in collective actions that exclusively benefit White Americans in the real world. Dr. Hawkins has recently published in journals such as New Media and Society, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and Psychology of Popular Media.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 How social media use, political identity, and racial resentment affect perceptions of reverse racism in the United StatesComputers in Human Behavior.  134. 2022
    2021 When and How Negative News Coverage Empowers Collective Action in MinoritiesCommunication Research.  48:291-316. 2021
    2021 Extensions Of The Proteus Effect On Intergroup Aggression In The Real World 2021
    2021 Rise UP!: A content analytic study of how collective action is discussed within White nationalist videos on YouTubeNew Media and Society2021
    2019 The Effects of Gender Role Stereotypes in Digital Learning Games on Motivation for STEM AchievementJournal of Science Education and Technology.  28:628-637. 2019
    2019 Social Identity Threats: How Media and Discrimination Affect Muslim Americans’ Identification as Americans and Trust in the U.S. GovernmentJournal of Communication.  69:214-236. 2019
    2018 Narcissism on the Jersey Shore: Exposure to Narcissistic Reality TV Characters Can Increase Narcissism Levels in Viewers 2018
    2018 Knowingly but naively: The overpowering influence of innocence on interrogation rights decision-making.Law and Human Behavior.  42:26-36. 2018
    2017 Helping and hurting others: Person and situation effects on aggressive and prosocial behavior as assessed by the Tangram task.Aggressive Behavior.  43:133-146. 2017
    2017 Engaging the CSI effect: The influences of experience-taking, type of evidence, and viewing frequency on juror decision-makingJournal of Criminal Justice.  49:45-52. 2017
    2016 Overcoming Innocents' NaivetĂ©: Pre-interrogation Decision-making Among Innocent Suspects.Behavioral Sciences and the Law.  34:564-579. 2016

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, University of Michigan 2021
  • Full Name

  • Ian Hawkins