Michael J. Cody is a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he teaches and conducts research on social influence processes. He has co-authored two text books, Persuasive Communication and Interpersonal Communication: A Goal-based Approach, and co-edited five books: The Psychology of Tactical Communication, Explaining the Self to Others, Gender, Power, and Communication in Human Relationships, Entertainment-Education and Social Change and Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects.
He served as the co-Principle Investigator (with Sheila Murphy) on a $1.2 million tobacco control grant with the State of California in 1999 through 2002. The research focused on the presence of pro-tobacco messages on the Internet, and unveiling tobacco industry strategies for targeting minority and youth groups in the state of California. He edited Communication Theory from 1999 to 2002 and he edits the Journal of Communication, 2009 through 2011.
Professor Cody has published more than 20 book chapters and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Nearly all of these focus on social influence processes in either face-to-face settings or through the media, or both. Since moving to USC in 1982 he has taught undergraduate honors seminars and classes in Campaign Communication, Entertainment Education, Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Behavior, and Persuasion.
He lives in Hermosa Beach. His daughter, Julia Johnston Cody, graduated from USC with a B.A. in Visual Anthropology.