Todd Newman

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608.262.0482

324 Hiram Smith Hall

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Todd P. Newman is an assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication and marketing.

Newman’s research focuses on the role of strategic communication within the context of science, technology, and the environment. This includes recent work examining the role of communication training in supporting scientists’ communication and engagement goals, including developing innovative methods for evaluation. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects within this context funded by the National Science Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and The Kavli Foundation. Newman is the editor of Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training (Routledge, 2019), which covers the growing body of research in this emerging field.

Newman is also interested in integrating frameworks from marketing and branding with the “science of science communication” to develop new insights into how the scientific community connects to a changing society. His recent work examines the implications of science being utilized as a brand by political actors, and he is also the co-author of Brand (Kendall-Hunt, 2018), which examines the role of brand strategy across various markets and industries.

Newman has published a number of research articles on these topics in outlets such as Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, International Journal of Science EducationPart B, Journal of Political Marketing, as well as media outlets including The Conversation and Fast Company. He has served as an expert panelist for the National Academies of Sciences and as a co-author for commissioned reports to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Newman received his Ph.D. in Communication at American University, and previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Connecticut and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

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