Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud (Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) holds the E. M. “Ted” Dealey Professorship in the Business of Journalism and is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism and Media, as well as the founding and current director of the Center for Media Engagement (mediaengagement.org) and the interim director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Stroud is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is one of the academic co-leads of a collaboration between Meta and the academic community to assess the effects of Facebook and Instagram in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. She also is collaborating on project to re-envision public life on platforms through New_ Public. Stroud’s research on the media’s role in a democracy has received numerous national and international awards, including the International Communication Association (ICA)’s prestigious Outstanding Book Award for her book Niche News: The Politics of News Choice, the inaugural Public Engagement Award from the Journalism Studies Division of the ICA.