COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 8) – Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Nurmis, who successfully defended her dissertation today in Knight Hall.

Her dissertation was titled, “Can photojournalism enhance public engagement with climate change?”

Dr. Nurmis’ committee included: Dr. Sarah Ann Oates (Chair), Dr. Linda Steiner, Dr. Kalyani Chadha, Dr. Nathan Hultman (Public Policy), and Dr. Edward Maibach (George Mason University).

Dr. Nurmis is currently a research affiliate at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.  Her biography online says:

“She joined the field of media studies after obtaining her Master’s in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and working as a photo editor in France. Her interest for international politics and crisis communication and her passion for photography as a universal language combined to produce her current dissertation topic, the communication of climate change through photojournalistic images. Joanna is most interested in the way visual rhetorics are deployed in photography, and how they influence audience engagement, especially in the context of pressing global issues such as climate change.

At Maryland, she served as a teaching assistant for three years, and participated in two interdisciplinary research projects within the Future of Information Alliance.”