Laura Lindenfeld, PhD
Executive Director, Alda Center
Dean, School of Communication and Journalism
Laura Lindenfeld, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Alda Center, Dean of the School of Communication and Journalism and a professor of journalism. She holds a PhD in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis.
As the Alda Center director, she oversees a dynamic organization that has trained more than 15,000 scientists from around the world. The Center provides international leadership in conducting and connecting research to practice to advance effective science communication.
As dean of the School of Communication and Journalism, she oversees a team of dedicated faculty and staff, including Pulitzer Prize winners, to educate and train the next generation of multimedia journalists and communication professionals.
As a communication researcher, Dr. Lindenfeld's work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future. She is passionate about supporting scientists to share their work in more direct and engaging ways. Her research focuses on how we can advance meaningful, productive interactions with communities, shareholders, and decision-makers by strengthening linkages between knowledge and action. Much of Dr. Lindenfeld's research focuses on environmental sustainability communication. Her work seeks to understand how we can support effective stakeholder engagement and communicate science more effectively and persuasively.
Dr. Lindenfeld's work has appeared in a range of journals, including Science Communication, Ecology & Society, Environmental Communication, Sustainability Science, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Food & Foodways. Her book, co-authored by Fabio Parasecoli, Feasting our Eyes: Food, Films, and Cultural Identity in the United States was published in 2016 by Columbia University Press.