James Shanahan is the Dean of the Media School at Indiana University. He is a mass media effects researcher.
His research interests focus on cultural indicators, cultivation theory, media effects and public opinion. Special areas of focus are communication in relation to science and the environment.
He has co-authored and co-edited several books, including Living with Television Now (co-edited with Michael Morgan and Nancy Signorielli, 2012), Television and its Viewers (with Michael Morgan, 1999), Nature Stories (with Katherine McComas, 1999) and Democracy Tango (with Michael Morgan, 1995). He has published numerous articles and chapters on topics related to media effects.