Ben Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Utah studying the intersection of media, politics, and public understanding of science. His research centers on misinformation and misperceptions – their origins, effects, and steps to address them – using surveys, experiments, web-tracking data, and spatial data. His research has been published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Risk Analysis, and Vaccine, and featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Der Spiegel, and other outlets. Prior to joining Utah, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (2017-2019) and the Martin Fishbein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (2016-2017). He is also an Associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at University of Canberra.