Ron Warren Jr.

Ron Warren Jr.

Associate Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5957

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Professor Warren has interests in children, families, and media; media and civic engagement; and advertising. He joined our faculty in August 1997 after completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. His research has been published in Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Family Communication, American Behavioral Scientist, and Mass Communication and Society. He has also co-authored and contributed chapters to books on instructional media and distance learning.

Media Processes & Effects

Families and Media

Children's Media

Media, Civic Engagement, and Political Socialization

Educational Technology

Media and Learning

Media Processes & Effects

Children and Media

Families and Media

Research Methods

Community Information Systems

Media and the Family

Children and Media
Content Analysis
Media, Community, and Citizenship
Introduction to Electronic Media
Computer Mediated Communication

Informed Communities (Civic Information Systems)
Media Process and Effects.

Ph.D., Indiana University

Warren, R., & Wicks, R. H. (2011). Political socialization: Modeling teen political and civic engagement. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 88, 156 – 175. 

Warren, R., Wicks, R., Wicks, J., Fosu, I, Chung, D. (2008).  Food and Beverage Advertising on US Television: A Comparison of Child-Targeted versus General Audience Commercials. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 52, 231-246.

Warren, R., Wicks, J., Wicks, R., Fosu, I, Chung, D. (2007).  Food and beverage advertising to children on US television: Did national food advertisers respond? Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 84, 795-811.

Warren, R. (2005). Parental mediation of children’s television viewing in low-income families. Journal of Communication, 55(4), 847-863.

Warren, R. (2003). Parental mediation of preschool children’s television viewing. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 47, 394-417.

Warren, R. (2002). Preaching to the choir? Parents’ use of TV ratings to mediate children’s viewing. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 4, 867-886.

Warren, R., & Bluma, A. (2002). Parental mediation of children’s Internet use: The influence of established media. Communication Research Reports, 19, 8-17.

Warren, R., Gerke, P., & Kelly, M.A. (2002). Is there enough time on the clock? Parental involvement and mediation of children's television viewing. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 46, 87-111.

Warren, R. (2001). In words and deeds: Parental involvement and mediation of children's television viewing. Journal of Family Communication, 1, 211-231.

Wicks, R. H., & Warren, R. (2014). Modeling political consumerism among young consumers: An ecological systems approach. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(6), 738 – 754.

Fosu, I., Wicks, J. L., Warren, R., & Wicks, R. H. (2013). What's on the menu? Disclaimers, emotional appeals and production techniques in food advertising on child rated programs in the United States. Journal of Children and Media, 7(3), 334-348. 

Wicks, J., Warren, R., Fosu, I., & Wicks, R. H. (2009). Dual-modality disclaimers, emotional appeals, and production techniques in food advertising airing during programs rated for children: Is there a good balance? Journal of Advertising, 38(4), 93 – 105.

Keyton, J., Warren, R., Alexander, A., Behrend, D. (2007). Group Behavior in Television Sitcoms: Are US Children Viewing Cooperative Models? Journal of Children and Media, 1, 259-276.

Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Master Teacher Award, 2015.

International Journal of Advertising Best Research Paper Award, 2009.

Top Paper Award, Advertising Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009.

Top Paper Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2005.

Outstanding Articles on Media Violence, Center for Successful Parenting (Indianapolis, IN), 2002. Honorable mention for Journal of Family Communication article (listed above).