Dominique Brossard is professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication.
Brossard’s research focuses on the intersection between science, media and policy with the Science, Media and the Public (SCIMEP) research group, which she co-directs. With SCIMEP, Brossard has investigated many aspects at the intersection of science and new media, including the relationship between social media use and knowledge on public attitudes, the role of new media in scientific controversies, and how new media may be affecting public discourse of emerging technologies, for instance through commenting in blogs.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues.