Culture & identity

Examine a culture’s language, symbols, meanings, activities and practices in everyday life from a variety of perspectives: global, national, community, group and individual.

Groups, organizations & networks

Study ways that communication processes and systems influence social structures and behaviors in a variety of settings.

Media studies

Study the practices, industries, meanings, mental processing and influences of media.

Policy & public engagement

Examine the communication challenge of designing and implementing policy, and the study of communication policy itself.

Science, health, risk & environment

Gain new theoretical insights and more robust communication practice across the areas of science, health, risk and environmental sustainability.

Social inequality

Examine how communication research, theory, practice, engagement and design explain and address social, economic, health and political disparities and outcomes that affect people, communities and society.

Technology & social media

Study the design, usage and implications of a range of communication technologies and examine how these technologies shape and are shaped by communication processes, social relationships, individual and collective behavior, online communities, and society.


The Department of Communication's outreach mission is to share knowledge and practices to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities understand communication, communicate, and make use of information to effect positive social change.

Outreach is at the core of our activities

Most faculty members are involved with outreach in a variety of ways: through formal programs; by evaluating and improving outreach systems and programming; and by engaging with the media, the public and policymakers.

Applied research to improve outreach

Our applied research aims to solve real-world communication problems in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, risk and other areas of science. Working with at-risk youth, the elderly, scientists, policymakers, farmers, cancer patients, journalists and the public, we focus on specific issues to improve scientific and technological communication.

Training for Cornell, the community, state and world

We share our expertise with communities locally and globally in matters of media literacy, public speaking and debate, food security, recycling, and environmental risk. We are bringing our research to the streets via a mobile lab to ensure greater access to participants.


Mobile Lab

Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe’s mobile research lab is custom-designed, ADA accessible and outfitted with five research stations. The research team, including Senior Research Associate Amelia Greiner Safi, spent the past few years conducting NIH-funded eye-tracking experiments with youth and adult smokers examining the effect of cigarette packaging graphic warning labels. The mobile lab enables access to study participants who may be difficult to reach due to distance from a research institution or lack of local space to conduct a study. The mobile lab's manager is Lecturer Norman Porticella.

Students and Professors set up a table for a research study

Contact Us

450 Mann Library Building
phone: (607) 255-2601
email: communication [at]
We are located on the 4th floor of Mann Library, accessible only by the stairs/elevators within the library, which are just past the circulation desk.

Department Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm
Friday, 8am to 3:30pm