Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is director of the Alda Center and professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She 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. She is passionate about supporting scientists to communicate their work in more direct and engaging ways. Her work focuses on how we can advance meaningful, productive interactions with communities, stakeholders and decision-makers by strengthening linkages between knowledge and action.
In her previous role, Laura directed the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, a nonpartisan, independent research unit of the University of Maine, which aimed to inform public policy and societal decisionmaking. Much of Laura’s research focuses on environmental communication, especially in the area of sustainability. In addition to understanding more about stakeholder engagement, her works seeks to understand how we can build strong interdisciplinary teams and communicate our science more effectively and persuasively. With a keen interest in food culture, she has dedicated significant effort to investigating the relationship of food and media and to understanding how we can advance more sustainable food systems in the U.S. Laura’s work has appeared in a range of journals such as Ecology & Society, Environmental Communication, Sustainability Science, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Food & Foodways. She and her co-author, Fabio Parasecoli, associate professor and director of Food Studies Initiatives at the New School, look forward to the release of their book with Columbia University Press, “Feasting Our Eyes. Food Films, and Cultural Identity in the United States.”