Rachel Neo, Faculty, School of Communications, UH Mānoa

Rachel Neo

Associate Professor, COM UG Chair
Office: Crawford 307
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3332
Email: rneo@hawaii.edu


My name is Dr. Rachel Neo, and I currently teach core classes in Communication Theory and Research Methods in the School of Communications. I became interested in understanding how communication technologies influence political outcomes when I was an undergraduate in Singapore. This led me to pursue my doctoral degree in Communication at The Ohio State University. My research program has important implications for understanding how and when social media cues are effective in influencing public opinion.


  • PhD, Communication, Ohio State University, 2016
  • MA, Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2010
  • BA, Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2007


My current research program seeks to understand how social media cues influence political outcomes. My most recent work has examined how online ratings influence trust in fact checking messages, and the conditions under which these ratings backfire. I am currently working on research projects that a) examine how social media news consumption influences political participation, b) partisan news media and online discussions drive the wedge between political partisans, and c) the effects of partisan news exposure on attitudes toward immigration.