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Chris Carpenter

318 Memorial Hall
(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 four times. He is continuing his research on social influence in both interpersonal and impersonal contexts with field studies, lab studies, and meta-analysis.

Chris has published papers in regional and national journals such as Health Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Communication Monographs. He has also presented many papers at regional, national, and international conferences. He will be a co-author on a chapter on functional attitude theories in the 2nd edition of The Persuasion Handbook.


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

Research Interests

Cognitive Processing of Persuasive Messages
Compliance Gaining
Power in Relationships



Chris Carpenter