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Professor of Communication and Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication, The Ohio State University

Brad J. Bushman (Ph.D. 1989, psychology, University of Missouri) is a professor of communication at The Ohio State University, USA where he holds the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. Previously, he was a professor at Iowa State University, USA (1990-2003) and the University of Michigan, USA (2003-2010). He has been a visiting professor (summers) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2005-2018), the University of Luxembourg (2015-present), and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland (2005). For over 30 years he has studied the causes, consequences, and cures to the problem of human aggression and violence. He was a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence. Following the Sandy Hook school shooting, he co-chaired a National Science Foundation subcommittee report on youth violence and testified before the U.S. Congress on that report. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles that have been cited over 55,000 time (h-index=102; i10-index=233). He received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology from the American Psychological Association (2014) and the Kurt Lewin Award for “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action” from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2017). Although he did not invent the term “Hangry” (Hungry+Angry), his lab was the first to demonstrate that it is real and to investigate why it occurs. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., guns make people safer; venting anger reduces aggression; aggressive people suffer from low self-esteem; violence and sex sell products). One of his colleagues calls him the "myth buster." His research has been repeatedly funded by federal grants (e.g., CDC, NSF, NIH), has been published in the top scientific and medical journals (e.g., Science, PNAS, JAMA), and has been featured extensively in the mass media (e.g., BBC, NPR, New York Times).


  • –present
    Professor of Communication and Psychology, Ohio State University