Nan Li

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608.262.7791

226 Hiram Smith Hall
Office Hours: Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM

Nan Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in visual communication and risk communication.

Li’s research focuses on the dynamics of the science-society-policy interface. Centering around socio-scientific issues related to food, energy, and climate, her studies examine the evolving nature of media discourse and public opinion. She also studies the policymakers’ perceptions of scientific evidence in such contexts. Built on these efforts, her most recent projects investigate how to enrich the interaction between scientists and nonexpert stakeholders through harnessing the power of visual, interactive, and data-driven narratives.

In collaboration with bench scientists and engineers, Li has published on a variety of cross-disciplinary journals, such as Energy Policy, Climatic Change, Nuclear Engineering and Technology, Progress in Nuclear Energy, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Responsible Innovation, among others. She also (co-)directed research and public outreach efforts funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture and Bayer Crop Science.

Li was an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech University and a Joan Bossert Postdoctoral Fellow in the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from LSC and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fudan University. Her professional experiences include work at the Associated Press Beijing Bureau and China Business Network Co., Ltd.

You can find a list of her publications on Google Scholar.