Edward Schiappa

Professor of Comparative Media Studies
Head of Comparative Media Studies/Writing
John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities


Edward Schiappa is Professor and Head of Comparative Media Studies/Writing in MIT’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, where he holds the John E. Burchard Chair of Humanities.

In 2009, Schiappa was named a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association for his original research in persuasion, media effects, and argumentation. Among his research accomplishments is the Parasocial Contact Hypothesis, a theory of how mass media influences perceptions of social groups. He is former editor of the journal Argumentation & Advocacy and author of numerous books on persuasion and argumentation, most recently Argumentation: Keeping Faith With Reason (Pearson, 2014).

After graduating magna cum laude from Kansas State University, Schiappa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Before moving to MIT, Professor Schiappa was Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Purdue University and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Faculty Media

  • Business Presentations: 5 Tips to Engage Audiences

    Business presentations are a part of the routine at virtually every office. Occasionally, employees will get excited about seeing a presentation, but more often than not, they expect to be and...

  • Introducing Ed Schiappa

    Schiappa, now associate head of CMS/W, brings a background in both classical rhetoric and contemporary media studies — a rare combination. This work has led him to study, write extensively on, and...


Contact Information

Email: schiappa@MIT.EDU
Website: http://edwardschiappa.com/
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Communication and Persuasion in the Digital Age Oct 27-28, 2014 | Jun 30-Jul 1, 2015 | Oct 21-22, 2015