Communication effects and psychological processes; global media, social change, and activism; science communication and education; public understanding of science; risk communication
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."