Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud

Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud (Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) holds the E. M. “Ted” Dealey Professorship in the Business of Journalism and is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism and Media, as well as the founding and current director of the Center for Media Engagement ( and the interim director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Stroud is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is one of the academic co-leads of a collaboration between Meta and the academic community to assess the effects of Facebook and Instagram in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. She also is collaborating on project to re-envision public life on platforms through New_ Public. Stroud’s research on the media’s role in a democracy has received numerous national and international awards, including the International Communication Association (ICA)’s prestigious Outstanding Book Award for her book Niche News: The Politics of News Choice, the inaugural Public Engagement Award from the Journalism Studies Division of the ICA.