Sara K. Yeo portrait
  • Faculty Affiliate, Global Change and Sustainability Center
  • Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Humanities
  • Associate Professor, Communication

Research Summary

Specializing in science and risk communication, Dr. Yeo's research explores the intersection of science, media, and politics. Currently, she is interested in how emotions and humor affect the formation of public attitudes toward science and technology.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Bachelor of Science, Oceanography, Hawaii Pacific University


Sara K. Yeo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Her research interests include science and risk communication, public opinion of STEM issues, and information seeking and processing. Her work has been published in journals such as Risk Analysis, Energy Policy, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Materials TodayShe has also written articles for popular science magazines, such as The Scientist and New Scientist.

Originally from Malaysia, Dr. Yeo is trained as a bench and field scientist and holds a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her training in ecology and the life sciences has been invaluable to her research at the intersection of science, media, and politics.