Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke
Research Team

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
George Mason University


Chris Clarke, Ph.D., specializes in the strategic communication of health and environmental risk. He is particularly interested in how people become informed and inform others about risk issues; designing effective messages to communicate about risk; and how news media cover health and environmental risk. Case studies have included natural gas drilling, vaccination, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases, and he has published his work in various journals, including Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and Human Dimensions of Wildlife. Chris is planning to continue ongoing research on risk perception and risk communication associated with energy development, which has important climate change implications. He is also planning additional work on audience reaction to persuasive messages that emphasize different facets of climate change risk, including potential public health impacts.


BA ('05), Health and Environmental Policy, Rutgers University
MS (’07), Communication, Cornell University
Ph.D. (’12), Communication, Cornell University

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