Erik Nisbet

Erik Nisbet

Erik Nisbet

Associate Professor

105B Mershon Center

Areas of Expertise

  • public opinion
  • foreign policy
  • role of media and digital communications
  • public diplomacy


  • PhD in Communcation from Cornell University
  • MS in Communication from Cornell University
  • BA in Government/International Relations from Cornell University

Erik C. Nisbet is director of the Global Communications and Politics Lab ( and an associate professor in the School of Communication with courtesy appointments in the Department of Political Science and the School of Environment & Natural Resources. Erik is also faculty associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and co-principal investigator on itsĀ Comparative National Elections Project. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Nisbet's research centers on the role of media and digital communication in non-democratic contexts, public diplomacy, foreign policy, public opinion, and global problems such as climate change. He has published more than 25 book chapters and articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Political Communication, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Nature Climate Change, and International Journal of Communication.

Nisbet has co-authored numerous reports such as "Data Driven Public Diplomacy: Progress Toward Measuring the Impact of Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting Activities," published by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He also recently co-authored a series of reports on attitudes toward Internet freedom in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan. Beyond his teaching at Ohio State, E

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