Chance York

Chance York

School of Media and Journalism
Associate Professor
Office Location:
Room 304D  Franklin Hall
Office Hours:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays
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Chance York (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He joined Kent State University in August 2014 after earning a Ph.D. in mass communication and public affairs from Louisiana State University. He is a native Kansan and first-generation college student.


Dr. York's research focuses on the biological foundations of communication and media behavior. He uses quantitative and molecular genetic approaches, including twin and gene association studies, to investigate how latent biological factors contribute to individual differences in communication traits, media behaviors, and effects processes. To date, his work has appeared in Mass Communication and Society, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, PS: Political Science & Politics, Electronic News, Public Opinion Quarterly, Communication Monographs, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Computers in Human Behavior, and The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology (edited by Drs. Kory Floyd and Rene Weber). His curriculum vitae can be viewed here.


Dr. York's teaching interests include communication genetics, media effects, research methods and communication theory. In the past he has taught courses such as Media, Power and Culture (JMC 20001), Political Advertising (JMC 41075), Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication (JMC 40010), Research Methods in Mass Communication (JMC 60007), and Foundations of Communication and Information Inquiry (CCI 80000).

Further information about his work can be viewed on his Google Scholar page, on GitHub, and on LinkedIn.


Louisiana State University, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Kansas State University, M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Kansas, B.G.S. in Anthropology and English Literature


Behavior genetics, social science methods, communication theory.