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PhD Student in Information and Media
College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University

I am currently a first year doctoral student in the department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. The department is part of the school of Communication Arts and Sciences.

In a nutshell, I'm interested in the persuasive influences and social phenomena on the web. While im still early in my career as a social science researcher I have started to branch out to explore other areas as well. I've listed out my current interests (not listed in order of preference)
I'm currently associated with the BIT lab run by Dr. Rick Wash and Dr. Emilee Rader

Current Research Interests

  • Social Media
  • Health Communication
  • Media Psychology:
    • Persuasion
    • Cognitive Dissonance
    • Fear
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Software Development Background

"Good software, like wine, takes time" - Joel Spolsky

I used to think that writing software would be one of the coolest jobs in the world. While i still love to code, i found that the actual job of software development was different than i imagined.

However, returning to academics has really made me fall in love with Coding again. I've found that coding for research allows me to have that creative freedom to really code the way that is the most rewarding: to get results. I now bring with me to academics a decade of coding and problem solving experience to the field of social science research

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#Social Activity

Below is some of my social media activities.

How to study in Bali. Get a hammock and go outside. #jobdone #relaxing #phdlife #springbreak

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Had some fun with the boys outside in our backyard. We made ramen and hot chocolate with the camping stove I had.

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Uggh i spent about 30 mins looking for a journal article i already had in my citation manager. #timeforabreak #uggh

Posted by Chris Fennell on Monday, December 12, 2016