Rachel Neo

Rachel Neo

Associate Professor


Crawford 307

(808) 956-3332



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. I currently teach core graduate classes in Communication Theory and Research Methods as well as undergraduate classes such as research methods and the communication in communities’ capstone. My research program has important implications for understanding how and when online platform cues are effective in persuading others.


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


Persuasion; political communication; social influence; and social media.


My research program focuses on how people use online platforms, and in turn, how online platform features influence attitudes, behaviors, and judgments. I have two key lines of research under this research program: a) Examining how online political content and platform features influence political judgments, and b) Examining how online platforms inform risky practices and help vulnerable individuals stay connected in Hawai‘i and Asia-Pacific.