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Dr. Andrew R. Binder

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Assistant Professor


Since completion of my doctorate in August 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am assistant professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. I have also been appointed associate director of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCOST) Project.


Primarily, my teaching and research focus on public perceptions of controversial science issues and how they influence behaviors and attitudes, especially concerning public policy and politics. During the summer and fall of 2009, I traveled to Kansas, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Washington DC to collect data for my dissertation, which will explore the communication and public opinion dynamics surrounding the site selection for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). My dissertation is part of a larger grant project funded by the National Science Foundation (SES-0820474), and my co-authors and I have an article forthcoming in Risk Analysis on the role of citizen discussions in the formation of public attitudes about this issue. The press release is avilable here, a summary by Dietram A. Scheufele here, and a write-up from Miller-McCune here.


Binder, A. R. (in press). Understanding public opinion of nanotechnology. In A. Nasir, A. Friedman & S. Wang (Eds.), Nanotechnology in dermatology. New York: Springer.

Cacciatore, M. A., Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., & Shaw, B. R. (in press). Public attitudes toward biofuels: Effects of knowledge, political partisanship, and media use. Politics and the Life Sciences.

Binder, A. R., Cacciatore, M. A., Scheufele, D. A., Shaw, B. R., & Corley, E. A. (2012). Measuring risk/benefit perceptions of emerging technologies and their potential impact on communication of public opinion toward sciencePublic Understanding of Science, 21(7), 830-847. doi: 10.1177/0963662510390159

Binder, A. R. (2012). Figuring out #Fukushima: An initial look at functions and content of U.S. Twitter commentary about nuclear riskEnvironmental Communication, 6(2), 268-277. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2012.672442

Berube, D. M., Cummings, C. L., Frith, J. H., Binder, A. R., & Oldendick, R. (2011). Comparing nanoparticle risk perceptions to other known EHS risksJournal of Nanoparticle Research, 13(8), 3089-3099. doi: 10.1007/s11051-011-0325-z

Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., Brossard, D., & Gunther, A. C. (2011). Interpersonal amplification of risk? Citizen discussions and their influence on risk and benefit perceptions of a biological research facilityRisk Analysis, 31(2), 324-334. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01516.x

Ho, S. S., Binder, A. R., Becker, A. B., Moy, P., Scheufele, D. A., Brossard, D., et al. (2011). The role of perceptions of media bias in general and issue-specific participationMass Communication and Society, 14(3), 343-374. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2010.491933

Binder, A. R. (2010). Routes to attention or shortcuts to apathy? Exploring domain-specific communication pathways and their implications for public perceptions of controversial science. Science Communication, 32(3), 383-411. doi: 10.1177/1075547009345471

Binder, A. R., Dalrymple, K. E., Brossard, D., & Scheufele, D. A. (2009). The soul of a polarized democracy: Testing theoretical linkages between talk and attitude extremity during the 2004 presidential electionCommunication Research, 36(3), 315-340. doi: 10.1177/0093650209333023


Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., & Brossard, D. (2011, December). Risk publics: Understanding the unifying ties of personal beliefs vs. community of residence in the site-selection for a biological research facility. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Charleston, SC.

Binder, A. R., Dahlstrom, M. F., & Brossard, D. (2011, August). Eye to (un)biased eye? Effects of visual and source attributes on the perceived credibility of identical information. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Communication Theory & Methodology Division), St. Louis, MO.

Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., & Brossard, D. (2011, August). Not in my backyard… or yours: Communicative influences of opinion leadership on perceptions of risks and benefits of a bioresearch facility. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Communicating Science, Health, the Environment, and Risk Division), St. Louis, MO.

Binder, A. R. (2011, April). Figuring out #Fukushima: Interpretive vs. Informative functions of twitter commentary about nuclear technology in the United States. Paper presented at the research symposium on Environments, Risks, and Digital Media, Raleigh, NC.

Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., Brossard, D., & Gunther, A. C. (2010, May). Bio-terror in our backyard? Conflict, news, and citizens’ knowledge and perceptual gaps about a bio-research facility. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (Political Communication Division), Boston, MA.


  • Ph.D. in Mass Communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
  • M.S. in Life Sciences Communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • B.A. in French from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001