John Besley

Dr. Besley (Cornell, 2006) studies science communication as a way to help the scientific community engage audiences more strategically. He specifically focuses on public perceptions of science and scientists, as well as scientists’ perceptions of the public. He regularly provides scientific groups with guidance and training on strategic public engagement. As a scholar, he has helped author more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as multiple chapters and reports. He was part of the panel that produced the recent report on science literacy by the National Academies (2017) and has been the primary author of the chapter on the US S&T attitudes and knowledge for the National Science Board’s biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report since 2014. The NSF, the USDA, and a range of different foundations support his work. He is the associate editor for risk communication for Risk Analysis and on the editorial board of Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, and the Journal of Risk Research. He received the young scholar award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2013) and became fellow of the AAAS in 2018.