Urbana, IL 61801
Stewart M. Coles is an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research examines how people develop their understanding of social issues related to identity. More specifically, he studies the way media depictions of social issues and marginalized groups evoke prejudice and stereotypes, shape and activate identity, and influence public opinion and political behavior. He is especially interested in the political effects of entertainment media and how audience attributes affect whether people consider entertainment media to be politically relevant.
Previously, Coles served for 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a public affairs officer, and he has a background in public relations, advertising, and multimedia design.
Social and Digital Media
Entertainment Media and Politics
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Department of Communication and Media, 2020
M.A., San Diego State University, School of Journalism & Media Studies, 2012
B.S., Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, 2005