Indiana University
Maria Elizabeth Grabe

Maria Elizabeth Grabe

The Media School.
Research Associate, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Radio-TV Center, Room 323
(812) 856-2460

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Joined IU in 1995 as a faculty member in the School of Journalism and moved to the The Media School in 2006.  Member of the Graduate Faculty with the endorsement to direct doctoral dissertations.


  • B.A. Communication/English from The University of Johannesburg
  • Honors degree Communication (with distinction) from The University of Johannesburg
  • M.A. Communication (with distinction) from University of Johannesburg
  • M.A. International Journalism from Baylor University
  • Ph.D. Mass Media and Communication from Temple University

Teaching interests:

Mass communication theory and research methods.

Research interests:

  • Experimental research in the information processing area: Tabloid news, differences between new and traditional media, and gender and social class of the audience
  • Content analysis of mostly news narratives: Crime and politics

Most recent publications:

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Grabe, M. E. & Samson, L. (forthcoming). Sexual cues emanating from the anchorette chair: Implications for perceived professionalism, fitness for beat, and memory for news. Communication Research.

Yang, J. & Grabe, M. E.  (forthcoming). Knowledge acquisition gaps: A comparison of print versus online news sources.New Media & Society. 

Grabe, M. E.  (forthcoming). News as reality-inducing, survival-relevant, and gender-specific stimuli. In S. Craig Roberts (Ed.) Applied Evolutionary Psychology.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.    

Grabe, M. E. & Bucy, E. P. (2009). Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections. Oxford University Press.

Grabe, M. E., Kamhawi, R. & Yegiyan, N. (2009). Informing citizens: How people with different levels of education process television, newspapers, and web news. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 53(1), 90-111.

Bucy, E. P. & Grabe, M. E. (2008). “Happy Warriors” Revisited: Hedonic and Agonic Display Repertoires of Presidential Candidates on the Evening News. Politics and the Life Sciences, 27(1), 78-98.

Grabe, M. E., Yegiyan, N., & Kamhawi, R. (2008). Experimental evidence of the knowledge gap: Message arousal, motivation, and time delay. Human Communication Research, 34 (4), 550-571.

Wise, K., Lee, S., Lang, A., Fox, J. R. & Grabe, M. E. (2008). Responding to change on TV: How viewer-controlled changes in content differ from programmed changes in content. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 5 2(2), 182-199.

Kamhawi, R. & Grabe, M. E. (2008). Engaging the female audience: An evolutionary psychology perspective on gendered responses to news valence frames. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 52 (1), 1-19.


  • Editorial board member of Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, The Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, and Ecquid Novi
  • Former chair of the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association

Professional experience:

Documentary news producer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, South Africa (1985-1990) and KCTF Public Television in 1992.