Katie Abrams is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication and part of the department’s Center for Science Communication. Her expertise is at the intersection of strategic communication and food system and natural resources issues.
Most of her research currently focuses on three broad areas: food marketing and advertising models of influence, transparency and strategic communication in the agriculture industry, and, most recently, risk communication regarding human-wildlife interactions in national parks. A focus on communication pertaining to animals/animal agriculture has been a dominant thread through all areas of her research, but she has branched into other topics within food/agriculture as well. She currently is working on projects funded by USDA-NIFA, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the National Park Service.
Abrams received her B.S. in agricultural communication from Purdue University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural communication and education from the University of Florida.