Rice’s research focuses on political communication, the presidency, elections, and civic engagement. Overarching themes in Rice’s work include how various forms of communications and actions shape political involvement and influence. Rice is co-author of the books The Political Voices of Generation Z and Web 2.0 and the Political Mobilization of College Students and co-editor of American Political Parties Under Pressure. Her work also appears in multiple journals. Rice serves on the Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights Steering Committee and coordinates the Civic Education Project at SIUE.