Michael A. Beam

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I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University.

Broadly, I am interested in understanding how media systems influence the process of information creation, exposure, and processing. My research has looked at 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, 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 system administrator. I have worked in community radio for over a dozen years and produce a weekly radio show, The Beat Oracle.