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John Seiter

Communications Studies - Communication Studies and Philosophy

Distinguished Full Professor

John Seiter

Contact Information

Office Hours: Zoom by appointment
Office Location: Main 308
Phone: (435) 797-0138
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1993.

M. A., Department of Speech Communication, California State University, Fullerton, 1989.

B. A. (Double Major), Departments of Speech Communication and Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 1986.


John Seiter (Ph.D. University of Southern California) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies at Utah State University. His research focuses broadly on persuasion and specifically on topics such as political aggression, effective approaches to compliance gaining, deception detection, nonverbal influence, and persuasion in hospitality contexts. His work has been recognized by over ten “Top Paper” awards at both regional and national conferences. His coauthored book, Persuasion, Social Influence, and Compliance Gaining, is now in its 6th edition. He is coauthor of another book, Arguing, Reasoning, and Thinking Well, and co-editor of the books Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of G.I.F.T.S. and Perspectives on Persuasion, Social Influence, and Compliance Gaining. In 2004, Dr. Seiter was recognized as Utah State University’s “Teacher of the Year,” and in 2006, he was recognized as the College of Humanities and Social Science’s “Researcher of the Year.” He currently sits on the editorial boards of several journals.



Comm Studies’ John Seiter honored as a CHaSS Distinguished Professor
Cazier Lifetime Achievement Award, John Seiter
Talking Through a Pandemic

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Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of G.I.F.T.S. 
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Persuasion: Social Influence and Compliance Gaining


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 Arguing, Reasoning, and Thinking Well 

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Perspectives on Persuasion, Social Influence, and Compliance Gaining

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Nonverbal Communication in Political Debates