The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five by the National Research Council.

Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.  

Our Programs & Research


Our carefully constructed curriculum provides a core of contemporary communication knowledge, theory and practice: Students learn how communication influences attitudes, opinions and behaviors; how communication systems work in society; and how to apply this understanding of communication to solve problems, sustain the environment, reach the public with new knowledge, and manage the intricate networks of technologies.


Our faculty and associated Graduate Field of Communication ensure that students are familiar with a wide range of tools, theories and methods, and can use these skills in original empirical research that asks and answers theoretically driven, socially relevant questions. Drawing from Cornell’s outstanding scholars and resources in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities, our students find new ways to investigate how communication shapes society.


We engage in a rich variety of research at the cutting edge of the field of communication and related disciplines, conducting research in many different areas. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to explore faculty research areas and contact individual faculty members if interested in getting involved with research. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to do research.

COMM Updates

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COMM Updates - 5/7/2024
Conferences Associate Professor Andrea Stevenson Won is delivering two Late-Breaking papers at the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The first (with Y. Yoo, J. Segal, and A. Hayes) is “Just Look at Them! Encouraging Self...
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Awards Associate Professor Andrea Stevenson Won, with A. H.-C., received an honorable mention for a paper to be presented at the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Entitled “The Sound of Support: The Presence of Gendered...
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Events Join us for COMMColloquium Friday, April 19, at 1:00 pm in 160 Mann Library Building. Visiting Associate Professor Bolin Cao (Shenzhen University) will present “ Understanding Human-Chatbot Interaction: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and...

Communication in the News

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Matias awarded for community-engaged hiring transparency project

Students in COMM 2450 are studying the impact of the world’s first AI-related hiring transparency law. Assistant professor J. Nathan Matias received the George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award for leading the community-engaged project...

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Collaboration was the theme of the evening at the second annual Community Engagement Awards, held April 16 and hosted by the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement to celebrate excellence in local and global university-community partnerships.

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Eunyoung Myung, postdoctoral associate at the Cornell Action Research Collaborative, wants to understand the role communication plays in health and ultimately learn how media use can narrow the divide in well-being and healthcare access. Her...
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Contact Us

450 Mann Library Building
phone: (607) 254-6278
email: communication [at] (communication[at]cornell[dot]edu)
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