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Faculty and Staff Profile

Meghnaa Tallapragada

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication

Office: 406 Strode Tower
Phone: (864) 656-1567

 Educational Background

Vartan Gregorian Postdoctoral Fellow, Science of Science Communication
Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania 2017

Ph.D. Communication
Cornell University 2016

M.S. Communication
Cornell University 2015

M.S. Communication
North Carolina State University 2010

B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
CBIT, Osmania University 2008

 Courses Taught

COMM 3550: Principles of Public Relations
COMM 8110: Communication Research Methods II


As a researcher, I am passionate about combining my background as an engineer and a strategic science communication scholar. I study how scientists examine societal and ethical issues of their research, and how individuals learn and engage in the context of controversial sciences and technologies such as biotechnology, hydraulic fracturing, and nanotechnology. As a teacher, I nurture a safe space to raise creative thinkers who can, not only help solve current public relations dilemmas but also, feel empowered to better their individual selves. As a member of the Tiger community, I am also motivated to apply my understanding of communication to serve the communities at Clemson.

 Research Interests

Science Communication, Public Engagement of Science & Technology, Science Education, & Risk Communication.

 Honors and Awards

PI on Clemson Support for Early Exploration and Development (SEED) Program (2018). Fulfilling the Promise of Biotechnology: Understanding Public’s General Disapproval of Genetic Modification (GM), but Approval of Specific GM Applications. Co-PI: Dr. William Hallman (Rutgers University). Amount funded: $9,873.
Vartan Gregorian Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016). Annenberg Public Policy Center. University of Pennsylvania. (Competitive selection)
Glass Family Fellowship (2015). Department of Communication for leadership and service to the Department, Field, and Cornell University. (Competitive selection)
Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2015). The Center for Teaching Excellence. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (Competitive selection)
Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowship (2014). The Center for Teaching Excellence. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (Competitive selection)
Annenberg Travel Grant (2017). National Academies of Sciences: Sackler Colloquium on Science of Science Communication III. Washington, DC.
Doctoral Honors (2014). National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar. Hosted by University of Maryland, College Park. (Competitive selection)
CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2014). College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. (Competitive selection)
Elected Graduate Speaker at the Graduation Ceremony (2010). Department of Communication, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, North Carolina.