Jan Boehmer is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the College of Communications at Penn State — and a faculty affiliate with the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He received his Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University and also holds a degree in Online Journalism from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
Boehmer investigates the impact of new and social media on the intersection of sport, media and society. More specifically, he focuses on how and why digital messages and the ensuing (online) relationships affect the audience’s perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. Some of his recent projects have addressed the reduction of racial stereotypes through sports (and the media), the role of athletes in communicating health-related messages, sports journalists’ adjustment to the realm of social media, and the rise of non-profit news sites.
Dr. Boehmer’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Computers and Human Behavior, Digital Journalism, Behaviour & Information Technology, Communication & Sport, and International Journal of Sport Communication. He has also authored book chapters for the US, Spanish, and German market.