Department of Communication

Faculty Profile

Ryan Medders, M.S.


Phone: 805-493-3681
Office: Swenson 244


Ryan Medders is working to complete his Ph.D. at UCSB in Communication with an emphasis on technology and society. He received his M.S. in Mass Communication from San Jose State University, and his B.A. with a major in Political Science from Stanford University.  His research addresses the social and psychological effects of the media; his dissertation focuses on the effects of online news.


B.A., Stanford University

M.S., San Jose State University


Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., Medders, R., Pure, R., Markov, A., & Hartsell, E. (2013). The special case of youth and digital information credibility. In M. Folk, & S. Apostel (Eds.), Online credibility and digital ethos: Evaluating computer-mediated communication (pp. 148-168). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., & Medders, R. B. (2010). Social and heuristic approaches to credibility evaluation. Journal of Communication, 60, 413-439.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. with Hartsell, E., Markov, A., Medders, R. B., Pure, R., & Sim, E. (2010). Kids and credibility: An empirical examination of youth, digital media use, and information credibility (The MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning). MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass.

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