Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter

Assistant Professor
318 Memorial Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1622

Chris Carpenter came into the field of Communication after several years as a successful competitor in both Speech and Debate (2002 Pi Kappa Delta National Policy Debate Champion). During his graduate studies he was selected for the top graduate student award at both his M.A. program and his Ph.D. program. His work has been chosen for top paper panels six times. In general, he is actively researching social influence and close relationships in online and offline contexts using field studies, lab experiments, surveys, and meta-analyses. His most recent work has examined using opinion leaders for health and political campaigns via face-to-face and CMC channels, romantic jealousy, cognitive processing of persuasive messages, compliance-gaining via face-to-face and CMC channels, and relationships on Facebook.

Chris has published papers in many national and international journals such as Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, and Communication Monographs. He has also presented many papers at regional, national, and international conferences. He was also a co-author on a chapter on functional attitude theories in the 2nd edition of The Persuasion Handbook and author of two entries in the Encyclopedia of Health Communication.

Many of his publications can be found here:


B.A. Psychology, North Central College - 2004
M.A. Communication, Northern Illinois University - 2006
Ph.D. Communication, Michigan State University - 2010

Teaching Areas

Social Influence
Quantitative Research Methods & Statistics
Computer-Mediated Communication
Communication Theory

Research Interests

Cognitive Processing of Persuasive Messages
Compliance Gaining
Close Relationships
Persuasive Campaigns
Social Networking Sites