College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Emily K. Vraga

Emily K. Vraga

Emily K. Vraga

Assistant Professor, Political Communication Minor Director

new media; political communication; media effects; media literacy; health communication; science communication; selective exposure; misinformation;

Emily K. Vraga joined the faculty at George Mason University in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and spent one year as a Post-Doctoral Research Instructor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Dr. Vraga's research focuses on how individuals respond to news and information about contentious political, scientific, and health issues, particularly when they encounter disagreement with their views via digital media. I am especially interested in (1) using news media literacy messages to limit biased processing and improve news consumption habits, (2) detecting and correcting misinformation via social media, and (3) encouraging attention to more diverse political content online. I prioritize using diverse methodologies - such as eye tracking, experiments, surveys, content analysis, and in-depth interviews - to better match an evolving media environment.

Selected Publications

Vraga, E. K., & Bode, L. (forthcoming). I don’t believe you: How providing a source corrects misperceptions across social media platforms. Accepted for publication at Information, Communication, and Society.

Vraga, E. K. (2016). Party differences in political content on social media. Online Information Review, 40, 595-609.

Vraga, E. K., Bode, L., & Troller-Renfree, S. (2016). Moving beyond self-reports: Using eye tracking to determine topic and style differences in attention to social media content. Communication Methods and Measures, 10, 2-3, 149-164.

Vraga, E. K., Thorson, K., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & Gee, E. (2015). How individual sensitivities to disagreement shape youth political expression on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 281-289.

Vraga, E. K., & Tully, M. (2015). Media literacy messages and hostile media perceptions: Processing of nonpartisan versus partisan political information. Mass Communication and Society, 14, 422-448.

Courses Taught

COMM302: Foundations of Mass Communication
COMM400: Communication Research Methods
COMM432: Political Communication
COMM650: Graduate Communication Research Methods
COMM690: New Media and Democracy
COMM750: Graduate Research Methods II
COMM798: Communication Research Projects


B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Dissertations Supervised

Anne-Bennett Smithson, I Beg to Differ:Understanding Disagreement, Agreement, and Emotional Appeals in Gubernatorial Campaign Communication (2017)