Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff

Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff

Associate Professor

563 Manoogian Hall


Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff



Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff teaches journalism, new media, international communication, and quantitative methods. She was named a Promising Professor by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication and earned the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Outstanding teaching award. She was also awarded a Scripps Howard Visiting Professor in Social Media.


Her research focuses on the role of new media in shaping public opinion about democracy, media censorship, and press freedom, which is grounded in a range of contexts from the Arab Spring to Russia-Ukraine relations, to NSA internet surveillance. She is an expert in online privacy and government monitoring as well as disinformation ("fake news") campaigns. She specializes in big data comparative surveys, natural experiments, and formal experimental designs. Her work has been funded by Facebook, WhatsApp, The Waterhouse Family Institute, and the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood.

She maintains an allegiance as an Iowa Hawkeye and Ohio State Buckeye fan.


Area of Expertise

big data, political communication, journalism, online surveillance, digital privacy, Internet censorship, democratization, public diplomacy, large-scale survey and experimental design/analysis

Degrees and Certifications

B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Recent Publications

Stoycheff, E. (2022). Cookies and content moderation: Affective chilling effects of internet surveillance and censorship. Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Tong, S.T., Stoycheff, E., & Mitra, R. (2022). Racism and resilience of pandemic proportions: Online harassment of Asian Americans during COVID-19. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 50(6), 595-612.

Schmierbach, M., McCombs, M., Valenzuela, S., Dearing, J.W., Guo, L., Iyengar, S., Kiousis, S., Kosicki, G.M., Meraz, S., Scheufele, D.A., Stoycheff, E., Vargo, C., Weaver, D.H. & Willnat, L. (2022). Reflections on a legacy: Thoughts from scholars about agenda-setting past and future. Mass Communication & Society, 25(4), 500-527.

Jahng, R., Stoycheff, E. & Rochadiat, A. (2021). They said it’s ‘fake’: Effects of discounting cues in online comments on information quality judgments and information authentication. Mass Communication & Society, 24(4), 527-552.


Stoycheff, E. Wibowo, K., Liu, J., Xu, K. (forthcoming). Online surveillance’s effect on other extraordinary measures to prevent terrorism. Mass Communication & Society

Stoycheff, E., Pingree, R., Peifer, J., & Sui, M. (forthcoming).  Agenda cueing effects of news and social media.  Media Psychology.  

Stoycheff, E. Liu, J., Wibowo, K., Nanni, D.P. (2017). What can we learn about social media from studying Facebook? A decade in review.  New Media & Society, 19(6), 968-980.

Stoycheff, E. (2016). Under Surveillance: Facebook Online Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(2), 296-311.  Mass Surveillance Chills Online Speech

Stoycheff, E., Nisbet, E.C. & Epstein, D. (2016). Differential Effects of Capital-Enhancing and Recreational Internet Use on Citizens’ Demand for Democracy. Communication Research.

Stoycheff, E. & Nisbet, E.C. (2016). Priming the Costs of Conflict? Russian Public Opinion about the 2014 Crimean Conflict. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Courses taught by Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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