Nicky Lewis

Dr. Nicky Lewis (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2015) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism & Media Management at the University of Miami’s School of Communication. Dr. Lewis’ program of research centers on social psychological processes and effects of the mass media. She is particularly interested in media consumption behavior, especially as it applies to entertainment contexts. Current research projects include the emotional effects of social comparisons to and moral judgments of entertainment television characters, the influence of social identification and morality on sports fan behaviors, and the role of moral perspective taking on media selections and empathy responses to content.

Dr. Lewis was previously a sports producer and training coordinator at several Cincinnati, Ohio television stations. In her time as a sports producer, she edited and produced nightly sportscasts and a weekly sports show. As a training coordinator, she led production workshops for the community and sponsored after school video clubs for local children.

You can find her CV here

Courses Taught

Mass Media Communication in Society
Sports and the Media
Social Effects of Mass Communication

Featured Publications

Lewis, N. (in press). Forced exposure vs. free choice: An examination of exposure effects in entertainment television consumption. Communication Research Reports.

Lewis, N., & Hirt, E. R. (in press). Sacred sports: Moral responses to sports media content. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Lewis, N., & Gantz, W. (2017). An online dimension of sports fanship: Fan activity on NFL team sponsored websites. Journal of Global Sport Management. doi: 10.1080/24704067.2018.144739

Rubenking, B., & Lewis, N. (2016). The sweet spot: An examination of second screen sports viewing. International Journal of Sport Communication, 9, 424-439.

Martins, N., Malacane, M., Lewis, N., & Kraus, A. J. (2016). A content analysis of teen parenthood in teen mom reality programming. Health Communication, 31, 1548-1556.

Lewis, N., & Weaver, A. J. (2016). Emotional responses to social comparisons in reality television programming. Journal of Media Psychology, 28, 65-77.

Lewis, N., & Weaver, A. J. (2015). More than a game: Sports media framing effects on attitudes, intentions, and enjoyment. Communication & Sport, 3, 219-242.

Gantz, W., & Lewis, N. (2014). Sports on traditional and newer, digital media: Is there really a fight for fans?. Television & New Media, 15, 760-768.

Martins, N., Weaver, A. J., Katz, D. Y., Lewis, N., Tyree, N., & Jensen, J. (2013). A content analysis of print news coverage of media violence and aggression research. Journal of Communication, 63, 1070-1087.

Weaver, A. J., & Lewis, N. (2012). Mirrored morality: An exploration of moral choice in video games. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 610-614.