Melanie C. Green is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo. Her work has focused on persuasion and belief change. In particular, Professor Green is a leader in research on how narratives can change the way individuals think and behave, including the effects of fictional stories on real-world attitudes. Her theory of "transportation into a narrative world" focuses on immersion into a story as a mechanism of narrative influence.
She has also studied the challenges of correcting story-based misinformation and the effects of conflicting stories. She has examined persuasion in a variety of contexts, from health communication to social issues. She has edited two books on these topics (Narrative Impact and Persuasion: Psychological Insights and Perspectives, Second Edition), and has published numerous articles in leading psychology, communication, and interdisciplinary journals. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Professor Green is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and her work has received the Innovation in Theory award from the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University and has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.