Anthony Dudo Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations | The University of Texas at Austin

I research the intersection of science, media, and society. I am particularly interested in media representations of science and environmental issues, scientists' role as public communicators, and the contributions of informational and entertainment media on public understanding of science. Some of my recent work has examined the processes underlying scientists' engagement in public communication activities, the effects of video games and television entertainment programs on public perceptions of science, and media depictions of health pandemics and controversial biomedical and technological innovations. 


2018,  PI, The Rita Allen Foundation, Identifying Best Practices for Communications Workforce For Science Philanthropies, $18K.

2017,  PI, The Rita Allen Foundation, Landscaping’ Overview of the North American Science Communication Training Community, $14K.

2016-2018, Co-PI, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Mobilization of Resources for Public Engagement, PIs: Maria Eduarda Gonçalves and Marta Entradas (Lisbon University). Co-PIs: Martin Bauer (London School of Economics and Political Science), Massimiano Bucci (Padua University), Pedro Russo (Leiden University), John Besley (MSU), Frank Marcinkowski and Andres Friedrichsmeier (Munster University) (€170,000).

2014-2017, Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF), Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL), Scientists’ Views of the Public, Public Engagement Practice, and Public Engagement Goals, (Grant No. AISL-1421214-421723). Co-PI: John Besley ($310K).

Not funded. Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF) DRMS, The Impact of Source Aggressiveness in Communicating about Health and Environment Risk, PI: John Besley ($300K).

2013, Co-PI and Mentor, National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN).

2012-2013, Co-PI, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) in support of Talking Nano: Nanoscientists as Public Communicators. Co-PI: LeeAnn Kahlor ($20K).

Not funded. Senior Personnel, U.S. National Science Foundation in support of Water Sustainability and Climate-Category 2: Water ARTS (Adaptability, Resilience, Transformability, and Sustainability) in Texas’ Water Systems in the Face of Changing Climate, Land Use, and Human Demands. PI: Zong-Liang Yang. Total center grant: projected $5.2 million. 

2011-2012, Consultant, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Essential Knowledge of the Indoor Environment for Decision Makers: A Benchmark and a Nascent Database. PI: LeeAnn Kahlor ($42K).

2010-2011, Independent Contractor, National Academy of Sciences, Science and Entertainment Exchange (SEE), Report: Science, Entertainment and Education, An Annotated Bibliography. Co-Authored with Matthew C. Nisbet (American University).

2009, Travel Grant Award Recipient, Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group, Society for Risk Analysis.

2007-2010, Research Assistant, National Science Foundation, Center For Nanotechnology and Society (CNS) (Grant No. SES-0531194). PI: Dietram Scheufele ($6.3 million).

2005-2006, Research Assistant, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Integration of Scientific Expertise into Media-Based Public Discourses (INWEDIS), Project: Knowledge for Decision-Making Processes: Research on the Relationship between Science, Politics and Society. Co-PIs: Hans Peter Peters, Sharon Dunwoody.


2013, Recipient, Dean’s Fellowship, College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, full course release.

2013, Recipient, Summer Research Assignment, College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, summer salary.

2013, Recipient, Faculty Travel Grant, University of Texas at Austin, $1,200.

2012-2013, Recipient, Big XII Faculty Fellowship, Faculty Development Program, University of Texas at Austin, $1,100.

2012, Recipient, Faculty Travel Grant, University of Texas at Austin, $1,200.

2012, PI, Summer Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Advertising & Public Relations, $5,000.

2011-2012, PI, College of Communication Grant Preparation Award, University of Texas at Austin, $6,000.

2010-2011, Recipient, Louise Elizabeth George Dissertation Fellowship, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2009, Travel Grant Award Recipient, Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.