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Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Science, Health, and Technology Communication, University of Waterloo

Professor Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher (Ph.D., NC State, 2014) is a Canada Research Chair in Science, Health, and Technology Communication at the University of Waterloo. She is also the inaugural Co-Director, with Donna Strickland, for the Trust in Research Undertaken in Science and Technology (TRuST) network. Professor Mehlenbacher’s research investigates how genres of scientific and science communications emerge and evolve, how aspects of expertise and ethos interact and relate to trust in scientific and technical domains, and the ethical aspects of specialist/non-specialist relationality in the communication of complex information. Professor Mehlenbacher is the author of On Expertise: Cultivating Character, Goodwill, and Practical Wisdom (Penn State University Press, 2022), Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet (The Ohio State University Press, 2019), and co-editor, with Carolyn R. Miller, of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017).


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, University of Waterloo
  • 2021–present
    Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • 2015–2020
    Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • 2014–2015
    Assistant Professor, Purdue University


  • 2014 
    North Carolina State University, Ph.D./Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
  • 2010 
    University of Waterloo, M.A./Rhetoric and Communication Design
  • 2008 
    University of Waterloo, B.A.(Hons)./English Language and Literature


  • 2022
    On Expertise,
  • 2019
    Science Communication Online,