Barbara Ley, Ph D. .
Associate Professor

253 Pearson Hall
Phone: (302)831-0148 Fax: (302)831-1892

Barbara Ley joined the Department of Communication in 2011. She also holds a joint position in the Department of Women’s Studies. Her research and teaching focus on public understandings of and engagements with science, technology, and medicine. Her current research projects relate to digital technology, culture, and women’s health; environmental health science, politics and prevention; and science, media and public opinion. Her 2009 book, From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environment Breast Cancer Movement, presents a cultural history of activists’ efforts over the past two decades to push for increased scientific and public attention to environmental causes of breast cancer and disease prevention more generally . She has also published articles in journals such as Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Chinese Journal of Communication. Ley received her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and she spent several years during graduate school working for environmental health policy organizations in Washington, DC.

List of recent publications:

Ley, Barbara L., Natalie Jankowski, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Investigating CSI: Portrayals of DNA Testing on a Forensic Crime Show and Their Potential Effects.” Public Understanding of Science. Pre- published online (doi:10.1177/0963662510367571).

Ley, Barbara L. 2011. “Beyond Discussion Forums: The Transmediated Support Culture of an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Motherhood Online, edited by Michelle Moravec. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2011. “Multiple Exposures: Scientific Controversy, Media Use, and Public Responses to Bisphenol A.” Science Communication 33 (1): 76-87.

Liu, Bingying, Barbara L. Ley, and Paul R. Brewer. 2011. “Breast Cancer Coverage in China and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Wire Service News Stories.” Chinese Journal of
Communication 4 (2): 184-199.

Brewer, Paul R., and Barbara L. Ley. 2010. “Media Use and Public Perceptions of DNA Evidence.” Science Communication 32 (1): 93-117.

Ley, Barbara L. 2009. From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Ley, Barbara L. 2007. “‘Vive Les Roses!’: The Architecture of Commitment in an Online Pregnancy and Mothering Group.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 12 (4): 1388-1408.

Courses Taught:

Communication 200: Health Communication
Women’s Studies 267/Communication 267: Gender and Digital Culture
Communication 408: New Media Project Design
Communication 418/618: Internet Communities and Cultures



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