Suzannah Evans Comfort

Assistant Professor

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    journalism practice, environmental communication, climate change, non-profit communications, science communication,


    Dr. Suzannah Evans Comfort (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Media School at Indiana University. Her research focuses on environmental communication with a particular emphasis on news coverage of climate change as well as communicative tactics by environmental NGOs. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including JournalismScience Communication, and Environmental Communication. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she worked as the editorial director at Oceana, the world's largest environmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation. There, she published the book The Perfect Protein: The Fish Lover's Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the World with Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless. 

    Recent publications include:

    Comfort, S.E. and Park, Y.E. (2018). On the Field of Environmental Communication: A Systematic Review of the Peer-Reviewed Literature. Environmental Communiction 12(7): 862-875.

    Comfort, S.E. and Blankenship, J. (2018). Curated journalism: A field theory approach to journalistic production by environmental non-governmental organizations. Journalism 

    Comfort, S.E. (2017). From ignored to banner story: The role of natural disasters in influencing the newsworthiness of climate change in the Philippines. Journalism, 1464884917727426.

    Evans, S. (2016). Journalistic norms, cultural values, and coverage of climate change in the Philippines. Environmental Communication 10(4), 492-507. doi:10.1080/17524032.2015.1088459 

    Evans, S. (2015). Shark Week and the rise of infotainment in science documentaries.Communication Research Reports 32(3), 265-271.

    Evans, S., & Riffe, D. (2015). Coverage Reflects Importance of Fishing to Community. Newspaper Research Journal 36(4), 441-454. DOI: 10.1177/0739532915618404

    Myrick, J., & Evans, S. (2014). Do PSAs take a bite out of Shark Week? The effects of juxtaposing environmental messages with violent images of shark attacks. Science Communication 36(5), 544-569. doi: 10.1177/1075547014547159