Michael A. Beam

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I am an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. I am also a faculty member in the interdisciplinary School of Digital Sciences at KSU.

Broadly, I am interested in understanding how media systems influence the process of information creation, exposure, and processing. My research has looked at the impact of information systems using personalized algorithms on news exposure and health communication, the influence of partisan media sources on political polarization and political information processing, and how new media systems change information distribution patterns. I teach college courses covering digital communication technologies, media effects, political communication, and research methods. My interest in communication research stems from my experience working in media and information technology. Before entering graduate school, I spent over a decade working as a computer systems administrator. I have worked in community radio for over 20 years and produce a radio show & podcast, The Beat Oracle.