Christine Gilbert

PhD Candidate and Graduate Assistant

Department of Communication


B.A., University of Maine, 2014
M.A., University of Rhode Island, 2018



Christine Gilbert is a fourth year doctoral candidate studying mass communication, applied communication, and media effects. Her primary areas of interest include science communication, health communication, and crisis and risk communication. She is particularly interested in how the public understands complex topics such as climate change, nuclear energy, COVID-19, and vaccines. Most recently she has collaborated on an NSF grant funded project studying gender and science engagement on YouTube ( Her dissertation will incorporate traditional media effects theories in understanding climate change risk perceptions.


Courses Taught

  • COMM 1000: The Process of Communication
  • COMM 2300: Effects of Mass Media
  • COMM 2310W: Media Literacy and Criticism


Curriculum Vitae

photo of Christine Gilbert, graduate student
Contact Information
Mailing Address337 Mansfield Rd. Unit 1259, Storrs, CT 06269-1259