Susan Swanberg

About Susan Swanberg

Susan E. Swanberg, M.A., M.S., J.D., Ph.D. is a former criminal lawyer and bench scientist who conducted research in telomere biology and autism genetics. She is now an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona School of Journalism where she teaches news reporting, science journalism, environmental journalism and media law. Her journalism research includes the history of science and environmental journalism, the public understanding of science and the intersection of law, science and journalism. Her most recent projects examine the impact of propaganda, disinformation and misinformation on science and environmental journalism. Swanberg has published peer-reviewed academic articles in science and journalism. She has also published science stories for the public in newspapers, magazines and online.

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Contact Information

Susan Swanberg
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 916 730-7550
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: 328 Marshall
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 1:30-2:30


B.A. University of Oregon (psychology)
J.D. University of Oregon School of Law (law)
M.S. Sacramento State University (biological sciences)
Ph.D. University of California, Davis (genetics)
M.A. University of Arizona (journalism)

Courses Taught

Journalism 509 - International and U.S. Media Law

Journalism 472/572 - Science Journalism

Journalism 455/555 - Environmental Journalism

Journalism 205 - Reporting the News