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School of Journalism welcomes interim dean Dr. Laura Lindenfeld


Dr. Laura Lindenfeld, Professor of Journalism and Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Journalism.

Since 2016, Dr. Lindenfeld has overseen Stony Brook’s Alda Center and supported its mission of providing international leadership in conducting and connecting research and practice to advance clear science and medical communication. In addition to her Interim Dean duties, Dr. Lindenfeld will continue to serve as Executive Director of the center, which has trained more than 14,000 scientists worldwide and introduced more than 50,000 people to the Alda Method®.

“I feel honored and privileged to have this opportunity, and I look forward to engaging in a process that moves the School of Journalism forward,” Dr. Lindenfeld said.

Prior to joining the Alda Center, Dr. Lindenfeld was a Professor of Communication and Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, a nonpartisan, independent research center at the University of Maine. In 2015, she received the University of Maine Presidential Public Service Award.

Dr. Lindenfeld holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. As a communication researcher, her work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future. Her research focuses on how we can advance meaningful, productive interactions with communities, stakeholders, and decision-makers by strengthening linkages between knowledge and action.

Much of Dr. Lindenfeld’s research has focused specifically on environmental and sustainability communication. She has sought to help us understand how we can support effective stakeholder engagement, build strong interdisciplinary teams, and communicate science more effectively. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture. Laura’s work has appeared in a range of journals such as Science Communication, Ecology & Society, Environmental Communication, Sustainability Science, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Food & Foodways. Feasting Our Eyes. Food Films, and Cultural Identity in the United States (2016), her co-authored book with Fabio Parasecoli, was published by Columbia University Press.

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