We are developing the next generation of communication scholars.

Drawing from the resources of outstanding scholars in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at Cornell University, our students find new ways to investigate how communication shapes and is shaped by our society and cognition.

Students, all of whom are financially supported, work closely with top faculty on cutting-edge research, take courses with world-class scholars in the field and across campus, and participate in a diverse community of innovators and ideas. Our graduates have gone on to faculty positions at top universities and jobs at the forefront of industry research.

As reflected in our research areas, we approach communication as a broad and fundamentally social phenomenon. Our Ph.D. students have significant flexibility in crafting a graduate experience that suits their needs and interests. Our doctoral program is based on three core tenets of graduate education:


Research, coursework and teaching are hallmarks of graduate education, and we offer exceptional opportunities for students to engage in all three. Courses give a deep understanding of methods and theories that serve as the foundation for launching meaningful research projects and teaching fellow students in the classroom.


Research is a profession, and navigating any profession requires a particular set of skills. We help our students understand how to be professional researchers, whether their interests take them to academia or industry. Students learn how to get work published, seek grant funding, search for (and land) jobs, and more.


Every researcher has an ethical obligation to behave honestly, treat participants fairly and contribute to society. We take this responsibility seriously, and our program produces well-rounded graduates who are well-equipped to be top scholars in their fields.

Director of Graduate Studies & Graduate Program Coordinator

For more information, contact our staff.

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Jeff Niederdeppe

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Communication

Jeff Niederdeppe
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Joanna Alario

Graduate Field Coordinator

Department of Communication

Joanna Alario

Contact Us

Department of Communication

450 Mann Library Building
phone: (607) 255-2601
email: communication [at] cornell.edu

We are located on the 4th floor of Mann Library Building, accessible only by the stairs/elevators within the library, which are just past the information desk.