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Introducing the 2019 winner of the $10,000 prize for research in public interest communications

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Communications (CPIC) awarded Dr. Jeremy Yip, assistant professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the annual $10,000 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications for his paper, “Losing Your Temper and Your Perspective: Anger Reduces Perspective-Taking.”

Two other researchers each were awarded $1,500 prizes for their finalist entries.

The Center for Public Interest Communications awards a $10,000 grand prize and two $1,500 prizes to finalists for peer-reviewed academic research that informs the growing discipline of public interest communications. The three finalists were selected from a record pool of 72 papers by a review committee of scholars and practitioners. All three finalists then presented their papers at this year’s frank, a gathering of 300 social change communication practitioners, scholars and students that took place last February in Gainesville. The audience voted for the top paper.  

Jeremy Yip, Ph.D., presenting author

Georgetown University

Area of Research: Psychology

Yip, J. A., & Schweitzer, M. E. (2019). Losing your temper and your perspective: Anger reduces perspective-taking. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes150, 28-45.

Jeremy A. Yip is an Assistant Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where his research explores the psychology of conflict and negotiations. He explores the consequences of emotions and is introducing a new conceptualization of competitive communication called trash-talking, showing that trash-talking is commonly encountered in organizations. His research has been published in leading journals such as Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Social Psychological & Personality Science, and Emotion.

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Winners of the $1,500 prize

Caty Borum Chattoo, presenting author

American University

Area of Research: Communication

Feldman, L., & Chattoo, C. B. (2018). Comedy as a Route to Social Change: The Effects of Satire and News on Persuasion about Syrian Refugees. Mass Communication and Society, 1-24

Caty Borum Chattoo is Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), and assistant professor at the American University School of Communication. She is an award-winning documentary producer, scholar, professor and strategist working at the intersection of social change communication, documentary and entertainment storytelling. Her book about the role of mediated comedy in social change, A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The [Serious] Role of Comedy in Social Justice, with co-author Lauren Feldman, is forthcoming from University of California Press. Her documentary book, The Blackfish Effect & Other Stories: Documentaries & Social Change in the Information Age, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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Soumyajit (Shom) Mazumder, Ph.D. candidatepresenting author

Harvard University

Area of Research: Political Science

Mazumder, S. (2018). The Persistent Effect of US Civil Rights Protests on Political Attitudes. American Journal of Political Science62(4), 922-935.

Soumyajit (Shom) Mazumder is a Ph.D. candidate in government at Harvard University. His research combines “natural” experiments with fine-grained data to help answer a simple question: when does history repeat itself? His work uses this approach to understand whether and why social movements succeed, when oppressed groups can overcome prejudice, and why our society continues to be unequal. Shom is passionate about distilling social science insights to public audiences by writing occasionally for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. Off the clock, you can find him in the kitchen or in your neighborhood climbing gym.

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Posted: February 22, 2019
Category: Center Update