Anthony Dudo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) researches the intersection of science, media, and society. He is particularly interested in scientists’ public engagement activities, media representations of science and environmental issues, and the contributions of informational and entertainment media to public perceptions of science. His recent work has examined factors influencing scientists’ likelihood to engage in public communication, scientists’ goals for public engagement, and the growing community of science communication trainers.
His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation, Lasker Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Kavli Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Knight Foundation. Dudo was named a Kavli Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and he is the former chair of the Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is the program director of science communication and a Knight Faculty Fellow in the UT Center for Media Engagement, and he is an affiliate faculty member of UT’s Center for Health Communication and Environmental Science Institute.
His research has appeared in numerous journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Communication Research, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Risk Analysis, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and New Media and Society. His work has also appeared in books including, The Communication Yearbook, Hollywood Chemistry, The Handbook of Nanotechnology in Society, and The Cultivation Differential. He recently co-edited a book in the Moody College’s New Agendas series focused on strategic communication and is currently co-writing a book titled Strategic Science Communication to be published with Johns Hopkins University Press.
Dudo is the faculty committee chair of UT’s cross-disciplinary minor in science communication, and regularly teaches courses focused on integrated brand promotion and science communication. In 2016 he was a recipient of the UT-System’s highest teaching honor, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He previously worked in strategic communications for the Academy of Natural Sciences, a natural history museum and scientific research institution operating in Philadelphia since 1812.