Joining Fall 2020, LSC’s Assistant Professor Nan Li utilizes data visualizations to shape public understanding of science

LSC Assistant Professor Nan Li

We are excited to welcome Nan Li to the department as an Assistant Professor in visual and science communication starting Fall 2020. Li will be joining us from Lubbock, Texas where she has been an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communications at Texas Tech University.

“Being able to return to my alma mater as a faculty member at LSC is a lifelong dream coming true! I cannot wait to meet and reunite with colleagues and students in 2020 Fall,” says Li having received both her doctoral and master’s degrees from LSC. After working at multiple universities across the nation, Li views UW-Madison as her beloved academic home.

Before teaching at Texas Tech University, Li was a postdoctoral fellow specializing in the science of science communication at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She is originally from Shenyang, China, and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fudan University.

Li’s research focuses on the mass communications of scientific, environmental, and agricultural issues. Her most recent work examines the roles of visuals, ranging from iconic labels to interactive data visualizations, in shaping public understanding of environmental sciences and bioengineering.

When asked if there are any groups she is excited to collaborate with on-campus Li says, “I would like to build new networks through the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies, the Morgridge Institute for Research, among other interdisciplinary research institutes and groups on campus.”

Outside of work, you will find Li spending most of my time with her daughters, Madison and Alison. “We often read, paint, and play monopoly together,” says Li.

Join us in giving Professor Nan Li a warm welcome to campus!