Benjamin R. Bates, Ph.D.
Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication
President, Eastern Communication Association
Coordinator for International Outreach
Specialization: Communication Health Campaigns and Messaging; Rhetoric of Health; Communication and International Health and Development
Schoonover Center 418
Dr. Bates’s research and teaching is in the public understanding of health and healing. Although first trained as a rhetorical scholar, Dr. Bates appreciates and uses critical, qualitative, and quantitative methods to address questions at the intersection of health, medicine, and questions of public need. Specifically, he investigates communication campaigns in the context of public and environmental health and public understanding of health and healing. In addition to extensive teaching in Athens, Ohio, Dr. Bates has also taught and researched in southeast Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Bates’s research, teaching, and service were recognized by the Eastern Communication Association with the Past Presidents’ Award and named him an ECA Distinguished Research Fellow. He was most recently named an ECA Distinguished Teaching Fellow.