People: Research Faculty
Brian Weeks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on two general topics: (1) how individuals are exposed to, engage with, evaluate, and learn from news and socially shared political information in digital media; and (2) the influence of political misinformation on beliefs and the effects of corrective messages. Weeks has published more than 20 articles in leading journals in the field of communication including the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Research, and elsewhere. His research has received awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, the American Political Science Association, and the World Association for Public Opinion Research. At Michigan he co-founded the Internet, Communication, & Politics Research Group and is a core member of the Political Communication Working Group.
His teaching reflects these research interests, including COMM 261, Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content; COMM 410, The Internet and Political Communication; COMM 468, Political Misinformation and Misperceptions (Senior Capstone); and COMM 840, Political Communication (Graduate Seminar).
Weeks received a B.A. in journalism and mass communication and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, a M.A. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and a Ph.D. in communication from the Ohio State University in 2014. Prior to joining the University of Michigan he was a faculty member at the University of Vienna in Austria.
Weeks, B.E., Ksiazek, T.B., & Holbert, R.L. (in press). Partisan enclaves or shared media experiences? A network approach to understanding citizens’ political news environments. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
Maireder, A., Weeks, B.E., Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Schlögl, S. (in press). Big data and political social networks: Introducing audience diversity and communication connector bridging measures in social network theory. Social Science Computer Review.
Diehl, T., Weeks, B.E., & Gil de Zúñiga, H. (in press). Political persuasion on social media: Tracing direct and indirect effects of news use and social interaction. New Media & Society.
Weeks, B.E. (2015). Emotions, partisanship, and misperceptions. How anger and anxiety moderate the effect of partisan bias on susceptibility to political misinformation. Journal of Communication, 4, 699-719.
Weeks, B.E., & Garrett, R.K. (2014). Electoral consequences of political rumors: Motivated reasoning, candidate rumors, and vote choice during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 26, 401-422.