Josh Compton

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Speech

I’m interested in how attitudes can become resistant to influence in ways similar to how our bodies become resistant to disease. Much of my work centers on inoculation theory. I help my students see how this theory, and others like it, can guide our rhetorical choices and help us recognize our own responses to attempts to persuade us.


37 Dewey Field Road, Room 228
HB 6250


  • M.A. Missouri State University
  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

Selected Publications

  • Compton, J. (2020). Prophylactic versus therapeutic inoculation treatments for resistance to influence. Communication Theory 30(3), 330-343. doi: Available: 


  • van der Linden, S., Roozenbeek, J., & Compton, J. (2020). Inoculating against fake news about COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychology. Available:

  • Compton, J., & Mason, A. (2020). Inoculation theory and narrative. In S. S. Dunn & G. Nisbett (Eds.), Innovations and implications of persuasive narrative. Peter Lang Publishing.


  • Compton, J. (2019). “Inoculate yourself with the word of God”: Persuasion inoculation, medical inoculation, and religious rhetoric. Journal of Media and Religion, 18(4), 115-121.


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