Meghnaa Tallapragada

Meghnaa Tallapragada

  • Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

    • Advertising and Public Relations

      • Assistant Professor

Biography

Meghnaa Tallapragada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Prior to joining Temple University, Tallapragada held positions in the Department of Communication at Clemson University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in Communication and from North Carolina State University with a MS in Communication. She also holds a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from CBIT, India. She is passionate about combining her background as an engineer and a strategic science communication scholar. Through research she strives to bring science and technology closer to people. Her work has been published in journals including Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Engineering Ethics, Communication Education, and Public Relations Review. As a teacher, Tallapragada strives to maintain a safe and inclusive space for students so they can develop into creative thinkers who can, not only help solve current public relations dilemmas but also, feel empowered to better their individual selves. She also founded Project Colorism, a research and Instagram project "dedicated to sharing stories of people experiencing colorism, exploring the level of agency they feel about addressing colorism, and the strategies they have built to shield their self-worth from colorist expressions.

Research Interests

  • Communication effects and psychological processes
  • Global media, social change, and activism
  • Science communication and education
  • Public understanding of science
  • Risk communication

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

ADV 3000

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Undergraduate

CSI 3100

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Undergraduate

JRN 3730

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Undergraduate

MSP 3590

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Undergraduate

PR 2551

Research Methods

Undergraduate

PR 3202

Diversity and Public Relations

Undergraduate

PR 3440

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Undergraduate

MMC 9002

Researching Commun I

Graduate

MMC 9203

Survey Design

Graduate

MMC 9204

Experimental Design

Graduate

MMC 9883

Directed Readings/Comm

Graduate

MSP 8010

Rocking the World: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions of Race, Class and Religion

Graduate

Selected Publications

Recent

  • Hardy, B. & Tallapragada, M. (2021). The moderating role of interest in politics and news consumption in the relationship between political ideology and beliefs about science and scientists in the United States. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 24(5), 783-796. doi: 10.1177/13684302211013913.

  • Tallapragada, M., Hardy, B.W., Lybrand, E., & Hallman, W.K. Impact of Abstract Versus Concrete Conceptualization of Genetic Modification (GM) Technology on Public Perceptions. Risk Anal, 41(6), 976-991. United States. 10.1111/risa.13591

  • Tallapragada, M., Prosser, K., Braffitt, K., Bridgeford, K., Gleaton, E., Saverance, M., Noonan, K., Payton, T., Sims, R., Smith, K., & Childress, M. (2021). Something Very Fishy: An Informal STEAM Project Making a Case for Ocean Conservation and Climate Change. Environmental Communication, 15(7), 904-922. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2021.1913208.

  • Cranmer, G., Rey, R., & Tallapragada, M. (2021). Exploring the role of parents’ sport orientations in the efficacy of concussion intervention materials. Communication Research Reports, 38(4), 250-261. doi: 10.1080/08824096.2021.1936480.

  • Hasell, A., Lyons, B., Tallapragada, M., & Jamieson, K. (2020). Improving GM Consensus Acceptance Through Reduced Reactance and Climate Change-based Message Targeting. Environmental Communication, 14(7), 987-1003. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2020.1746377.

  • Tallapragada, M. & Cranmer, G. (2020). Media Narratives About Concussions: Effects on Parents’ Intention to Inform Their Children About Concussions. Communication and Sport. doi: 10.1177/2167479520944549.

  • Linvill, D., Tallapragada, M., & Kaye, N. (2019). Engineering identity and communication outcomes: comparing integrated engineering and traditional public-speaking courses. Communication Education, 68(3), 308-327. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2019.1608367.

  • Lyons, B.A., Hasell, A., Tallapragada, M., & Jamieson, K.H. Conversion messages and attitude change: Strong arguments, not costly signals. Public Underst Sci, 28(3), 320-338. England. 10.1177/0963662518821017

  • Hardy, B., Tallapragada, M., Besley, J., & Yuan, S. (2019). The Effects of the “War on Science” Frame on Scientists’ Credibility. Science Communication, 41(1), 90-112. doi: 10.1177/1075547018822081.

  • Tallapragada, M. (2018). A new research agenda: instructional practices of activists mobilizing for science. Communication Education, 67(4), 467-472. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2018.1502460.

  • Tallapragada, M. & Hallman, W. (2018). Implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard: Will consumers use QR codes to check for Genetically Modified (GM) Ingredients in food products? AgBioForum, 21(1), 44-60.

  • Tallapragada, M., Eosco, G.M., & McComas, K.A. Aware, Yet Ignorant: Exploring the Views of Early Career Researchers About Funding and Conflicts of Interests in Science. Sci Eng Ethics, 23(1), 147-164. England. 10.1007/s11948-016-9764-3