Suzannah Evans Comfort

Assistant professor of science and environmental communication

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    journalism practice, environmental communication, climate change, non-profit communications, social media,


    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 and science communication, particularly the role of NGOs in influencing news about environmental issues. She has been published in numerous journals, including Science Communication and Environmental Communication. In 2015, she and her coauthors won the top faculty paper award in the Mass Communication & Society division of AEJMC.

    Recent publications include:

    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., & Myrick, J. (2015). How MOOC instructors view the pedagogy and purposes of massive open online courses. Distance Education 36(3), 295-311. doi:10.1080/01587919.2015.1081736

    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