Ben   S.  Wasike

Professor  

Office: BMAIN 1.210F
Phone: (956) 882-3878
Email: ben.wasike@utrgv.edu

Dr. Ben S. Wasike

Ben S. Wasike is a professor in the Department of Communication. He teaches visual communication, social media communication, communication theory, research methods, and communication law, among other courses. His research interests are in social media, political communication, rhetorical complexity, and visual communication. His work appears in top-tier journals both in communication and related fields. In communication, he has published in Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication, and Journalism, among others. In related fields, he has published in The Leadership Quarterly, Computers in Human Behavior, and Government Information Quarterly. He has presented numerous papers at both the International Communication Association (ICA) and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conventions where he has received four faculty paper awards. His work has been reported in national media and also cited and quoted in a U.S. Senate hearing. His research methods include surveys, experimental design, content analysis, and computerized content analysis. Outside of his scholarly work, his creative works have won him two “Best of the Web” awards at AEJMC.





Selected Publications


  • Ben Wasike. "Gender, Parasocial Interaction, and Nonverbal Communication: Testing the Visual Effect of Sports Magazine Cover Models," International Journal of Communication (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018).

  • Ben Wasike. "Charismatic rhetoric, integrative complexity and the U.S. Presidency: An analysis of the State of the Union Address (SOTU) from George Washington to Barack Obama.," The Leadership Quarterly (2017).

  • Ben Wasike. "Jocks vs. Jockettes: An Analysis of the Visual Portrayal of Male and Female Cover Models on Sports Magazines," Journalism (2017).

  • Ben Wasike. "Persuasion in 140 Characters: Testing Issue Framing, Persuasion and Credibility via Twitter and Online News Articles in the Gun Control Debate," Computers in Human Behavior 66, (2017).

  • Ben Wasike. "Africa Rising: An Analysis of Emergent Africa-Focused Mass Communication Scholarship From 2004 to 2014," International Journal of Communication 11, (November 2017): 22.

  • Ben Wasike. "FoIA in the age of “open. gov”: An analysis of the performance of the freedom of information act under the Obama and Bush administrations. ," Government Information Quarterly (May 2016).

  • Ben Wasike. "Preaching to the choir? An analysis of newspaper readability vis-à-vis public literacy," Journalism (September 2016).

  • Ben Wasike. "The Significant Other: A Longitudinal Analysis of Significant Samples in Journalism Research, 2000 – 2014. ," International Journal of Communication. 10, (June 2016): 2744–2765.

  • Ben Wasike. "Framing news in 140 characters: How social media editors frame the news and interact with audiences via Twitter," Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition 6, no. 10 (2013): 5 - 23.

  • Ben Wasike. "The Republican primaries in 140 characters: How the 2012 candidates used Twitter to mobilize their supporters, interact with them and frame the campaign," Southwestern Mass Communication Journal 28, no. 2 (2013): 1 -33.



Selected Presentations


  • Ben Wasike. "Gender, Nonverbal Communication, and Televised Debates: Examining Clinton and Trump’s Nonverbal Language During the 2016 Town Hall Debate," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), AEJMC, Washington, D.C. (August 2018)

  • Ben Wasike. "Did the Media Get Her Charisma Wrong? A Systematic Examination of Hillary Clinton’s Charisma During the 2016 Elections ," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , Chicago (August 2017)

  • Ben Wasike. "Gender, parasocial interaction, and nonverbal communication: Testing the visual effect of sports magazine cover models. ," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , Chicago (August 2017)

  • Ben Wasike. "Peer-Citation and Academic Social Networking: Do Altmetrics Affect Peer-Citation and Article Readership in Communication Research? ," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , Chicago (August 2017)

  • Ben Wasike. "Folksy talk or simplistic chatter? An analysis of rhetorical complexity and charisma in U.S. presidential campaign speeches. ," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , Minneapolis (August 2016)

  • Ben Wasike. "T.V. talking heads and the Nielsen sweeps: An analysis of rhetorical complexity, charisma and ideology in opinionated cable news," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , Minneapolis (August 2016)

  • Ben Wasike. "Africa rising: An analysis of emergent mass communication scholarship in Africa from 2004 - 2014," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , San Francisco, CA (August 2015)

  • Ben Wasike. "Charismatic rhetoric, integrative complexity and the U.S. Presidency: An analysis of the State of the Union Address (SOTU) from George Washington to Barack Obama," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , San Francisco, CA (August 2015)

  • Ben Wasike. "FoIA in the Age of “Open.Gov”: A Quantitative Analysis of the performance of the Freedom of Information Act under the Obama and Bush Administrations," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA (August 2015)

  • Ben Wasike. "The Significant Other: A Longitudinal Analysis of Significant Samples in Journalism Research, 2000 – 2014," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA (August 2015)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Ben Wasike. "Best of the Web Competition - 2012," Denver, Colorado (2012)

  • Ben Wasike. "Best of the Web Competition - 2008," Chicago, Illinois (2008)

Current Courses

COMM 1311 93L - Intro to Communication:
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COMM 1311 97L - Intro to Communication:
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COMM 4313 91L - Communication Law & Ethics:
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COMM 3333 90L - Theories of Communication:
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COMM 6301 01 - Quantitative Research:
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COMM 1311 92L - Intro to Communication:
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COMM 4332 10 - Visual Communication:
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COMM 1311 94L - Intro to Communication:
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