Kajsa Dalrymple, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program, UI Public Policy Center
Senior Research Fellow in Residence, UI Public Policy Center

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays: 12:30 - 2:00pm, Wednesdays: 1:30-3:00 or by appointment. (Via Zoom)

What is Kajsa’s story? 

Kajsa studies the power of influence within social networks. Her research looks at how media can help mobilize influential members of a social network to encourage positive social change. She has a particular interest in environmental communication and water sustainability. Kajsa’s current research project focuses on how different types of interactive media (e.g., maps, apps, etc.) can stimulate more sustainable agricultural practices.

Kajsa has worked closely with both state governmental agencies and Extension efforts to help facilitate campaign development and better understand the behavioral impact of social marketing campaigns.

Kajsa is the faculty advisor of the Journalism Living Learning Community and the SJMC Graduate Student Association. Kajsa is a faculty associate of the University of Iowa Water Sustainability Initiative and an assistant research scientist at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering.  

  • JMC:1100 - Media Uses and Effects
  • JMC:3185 - Social Media Marketing
  • JMC:3185 - Risk Communication
  • JMC:5300 - Foundations of Strategic Communication
  • JMC:6800 - Risk Communication
  • Dalrymple, K.E. & Young, R. (in press). The Promise of Participatory Media: Identifying the potential roles of influential content generators in prosocial strategic communication. Strategic Communication: New Agendas in Communication. New York, Routledge.
  • Bode, L. & Dalrymple, K.E. (2014). Politics in 140 Characters or Less: Campaign Communication, Network Interaction, and Political Participation on Twitter. Journal of Political Marketing. Doi:10.1080/15377857.2014.959686
  • Dalrymple, K.E. (2014). Mass media and opinion leaders: Promoting environmental behaviors. In C. Herve-Bazin (Ed.), Water communication: Analysis of strategies and campaigns from the water sector. London, UK: International Water Association Publishing.
  • Dalrymple, K.E., Shaw, B.R., & Brossard, D. (2013). Following the Leader: Using Opinion Leaders in Environmental Strategic Communication. Journal of Society and Natural Resources, 26(12), 1438-1453. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2013.820812
  • Edgerly, S., Vraga, E.K., Dalrymple, K.E., Fung, T. & Macafee, T. (2013). Directing the dialogue: The relationship between YouTube videos and the comments they spur. Journal of Information Technology and Politics10(3), 276-292. doi: 10.1080/19331681.2013.794120
  • Ladwig, P., Dalrymple, K. E., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., & Xenos, M.A. (2012). Perceived familiarity or factual knowledge? Comparing operationalizations of scientific understanding. Journal of Science and Public Policy. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scs048
  • Shaw, B.R., Dalrymple, K.E., & Brossard, D. (2012). Factors associated with behavioral compliance to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Journal of Extension, 50(2).
  • Becker, A.B., Dalrymple, K.E., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D.A., & Gunther, A.C. (2010). Getting citizens involved: How controversial policy debates stimulate issue participation during a political campaign. The International Journal of Public Opinion Research22(2), 181-203. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edp047
  • Dalrymple, K.E. & Scheufele, D.A. (2010). Public Understanding of Nanotechnology. In D. Guston (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nanoscience and society, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • Scheufele, D.A. & Dalrymple, K.E. (2010). Public Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology. In D. Guston (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nanoscience and society, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • Binder, A. R., Dalrymple, K. E., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A. (2009). The soul of a polarized democracy: Talk, media, and attitude extremity during the 2004 Presidential Election. Communication Research(36), 4, 315-340. doi: 10.1177/0093650209333023
  • Scheufele, D. A., Corley, E. A., Shih, T., Dalrymple, K. E., & Ho, S. S. (2009). Religious beliefs and public attitudes to nanotechnology in Europe and the US. Nature Nanotechnology, 4, 91-94. doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.361
  • Dalrymple, K.E. & Scheufele, D.A. (2007). Finally informing the electorate? How the Internet got people thinking about presidential politics in 2004. The Harvard International Journal of Press Politics (12), 3, 96-111. doi: 10.1177/1081180X07302881
  • Co-PI, National Science Foundation, “Decision Processes, Climate Change, and Water Resources in the Agricultural Midwest,” 2014-2017
  • Co-PI, Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, “Iowa Water Quality Information System (Iowa WQIS),” 2015-2018
  • First-year Student Champion, University of Iowa, December 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, Graduate Student Association, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, 2014
  • First-year Student Champion, University of Iowa, December 2013
  • Top 10 Finalist, 2013 NSF International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, “From Cows to Crayfish: A focus on America's largest ecological transportation system”, February 2013
Kajsa Dalrymple
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

W339 Adler Jefferson Building

Iowa City, IA 52242
United States