Alexander Moe, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-2183
Office: Holmes Hall 223
Office Hours:

Fall 2023:

Monday and Wednesday, 9:00am - 10:00am
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, and by appointment.


Dr. Moe is a faculty member who effortlessly bridges the gap between academia and the vibrant world of today’s college students. Originally from Oslo, Norway, Dr. Moe’s background infuses his teaching and research with a unique blend of Scandinavian spirit and American grit.

As a youngster, Dr. Moe immersed himself in a plethora of outdoor activities, embracing the adrenaline rush of skiing and downhill mountain biking for most of his childhood. Yet amidst all the thrills, his heart was always captivated by the sport of basketball. Surprisingly, fate led him down an unexpected path, and for an impressive 14 years, Dr. Moe graced the gridiron, playing American football with fierce determination both at the collegiate level (NCAA) and overseas. Dr. Moe brings alot of wisdom from his gridiron escapades, where he also has served as a coach at various levels, including head coach at the junior level (U19). 

Not content with conquering just one sporting arena, Dr. Moe also holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, demonstrating his discipline and tenacity on the mats. He has previously competed in renowned IBJJF tournaments across the globe, leaving his mark on events like the Swedish Open, Miami International Open, Munich International Winter Open, the European Championship, the Pan-American Championship, and even the illustrious IBJJF Mundials (World Championship).

Academically, Dr. Moe’s thirst for knowledge led him on an educational journey in its own right. He earned his B.A., with a double major in Communication Studies and Political Science at California Lutheran University. Fueling his passion further, he obtained his M.A. in Communication, Technology, & Society from Clemson University. And from there he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Media & Communication from Texas Tech University.

Today, Dr. Moe finds himself proudly embedded within the vibrant SUNY Brockport community, where he feels right at home teaching and delving into cutting-edge courses based on the most recent research in the field. With over 40 academic conferences and venue invitations under his belt, he has established himself as an emerging scholar in his field. His work has graced the pages of prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Newspaper Research Journal.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Dr. Moe finds joy in other passions as well. He has a deep appreciation for motorcycles, relishing the sense of freedom they provide. When not exploring the intricacies of his research or zooming down the open road, you might find Dr. Moe enjoying quality time with his Siberian Husky named Max, a faithful companion who adds an extra dose of joy to his life.

So, whether you’re seeking exciting discussions in the lecture hall, epic tales of gridiron conquests, or an intellectual sparring partner for an independent study or honors thesis, Dr. Moe is the faculty member who can connect with you on a personal level. Together, let’s embark on an exciting academic journey guided by this adventurous and multifaceted scholar.


  • P.h.D., Media and Communication, Texas Tech University
  • M.A., Communication, Technology, & Society, Clemson University
  • B.A., Communication (media production emphasis); and Political Science, California Lutheran University

Areas of Specialty

  • Agenda-setting
  • Hostile Media Bias
  • Narrative communication
  • New media and emerging technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence)
  • Survey design
  • Experimental design
  • Content analysis

Courses Taught

  • JRB 496: Contemporary Media Issues
  • JRB 467: Mass Communication Theories
  • JRB 465: Media Research
  • JRB 463: Media and Society
  • JRB 372: Film as Social Commentary
  • JRB 219: Advertising and Consumer Culture

    Special topics courses:
  • HON 380: Online Disinformation & Digital Literacy

Research Interests

Dr. Moe’s research for the most part deals with understanding how audiences respond to and perceive media messages. Specifically media messages involving news media, social media, media narratives and sports media are examined both at the societal and individual levels to comprehend how perceptions, social norms, attitudes, behavioral intent derives from such exposure.

Specific areas of interest include public opinion, opinion congruency, hostile media bias, spiral of silence, news consumption via social media, and political communication broadly. For example, recent work examines the influence of likeminded-affection between users in participatory media platforms and the effects of user comments on perceptions of news coverage.

Dr. Moe employs methodological pluralism across interdisciplinary inquiries, with a specialization in survey-experiments, content analyses, and meta-analyses.

Additional information:

  • Dr. Moe has previously served as Honors Thesis director with students affiliated with SUNY Brockport’s Honors College.