Susan Swanberg

About Susan Swanberg

Dr. Swanberg is on research leave for Fall 2018.
Dr. Swanberg teaches courses in reporting the news, science journalism, environmental journalism and media law. She has conducted research on "junk" DNA, telomere biology and autism genetics and has published peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as science articles for the public. Her research focuses on the role of science journalism in a post-truth society; science journalism, propaganda and the nuclear age and science misinformation, disinformation and propaganda in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. In 2017 Dr. Swanberg was awarded a Udall Fellowship to support her research on World War II-era journalists William L. Laurence, Marjorie Van de Water and John Hersey. She is currently on a research leave completing her Udall Fellowship projects and studying the influence of misinformation and propaganda on the public understanding of 19th century climatology in the arid lands of the Great Plains.

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Susan Swanberg
Assistant Professor


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)