Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Media & Strategic Communication Department

Zeynep Altinay
Murphy Center, Second Floor, Room 219
(914) 633-2364 (914) 633-2364


  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • MA/MS, Indiana University
  • BA, Binghamton University

Dr. Zeynep Altinay teaches undergraduate courses in digital literacy and graduate courses in technology for public relations. Her research focuses on social and political implications of environmental communication.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Altinay, Z., Rittmeyer, E., Morris, L. L. & Reams, M. A. (2020). Public risk salience of sea level rise in Louisiana, United States. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1–14.

Griffith, A. S., & Altinay, Z. (2020). A framework to assess higher education faculty workload in US universities. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 1-10.

Altinay, Z., & Williams, N. (2019). "Visuals As a Method of Coastal Environmental Communication." Ocean & Coastal Management, 178, 104809

Altinay, Z. (2017). "Visual Communication of Climate Change: Local Framing and Place Attachment." Coastal Management, 1-17. doi:10.1080/08920753.2017.1327344 

Jerrau, P. Altinay, Z., Reynolds, A. (2015). “Best Practices in Environmental Communication: A Case Study of Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis.” Environmental Communication

SELECT Refereed Conference Papers

Altinay, Z. & Crosswell, L. Public Perceptions of Air Pollution: Application of the Protection Motivation Theory. (May 2020) The annual meeting of International Communication Association. Environmental Communication Division. Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19 *International conference

Altinay, Z.; Andruk, C. Environmental Entrepreneurship: Application of Theory of Planned Behavior. Paper presentation at the 2020 annual meeting of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the Emerging Research Papers Track. (January 2020), New Orleans, LA *National conference

Andruk, C.; Altinay, Z. Campus Sustainability in an Entrepreneurial Framework. Paper presentation at the 2020 annual meeting of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the Competitive Teaching Cases, Modules and Workshops Track. (January 2020), New Orleans, LA *National conference

Altinay, Z; Williams, N. (August, 2017). Communicating land loss for coastal Louisiana with visuals: Issue urgency and issue importance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Communicating Science, Health, Environment, & Risk Division). Chicago, USA. 

Brown, P., Altinay, Z., Reynolds, A. (May 2015) “Best Practices in Environmental Communication.” International Communication Association Convention (Environmental Communication Division). San Juan, Puerto Rico. *Received top paper award

Altinay, Z., Ferchaud, A., Goodie, S., Li, M., Sand, M. (May 2015) “Blending In or Standing Out? Investigating the Impact of Selfies and Social Comparison and Individuals’ Self-concept.” International Communication Association Convention (Information Systems Division). San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Altinay, Z. (May, 2014). “Visual Message Framing: The Difference Between ‘Here’ and ‘There’ in Global Warming Dialogues.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of International Communication Association (Information Systems Division). Seattle.

Altinay, Z., Brown, P., Piccoli, F. (March 2012). “Responses to Environmental Issues: The Effects of Framing on Public Attitudes on Climate Change.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AEJMC Midwinter Conference, Mass Communication and Society Division. Oklahoma.

Dr. Altinay studies the strategic use of communication processes to foster environmental sustainability. She incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to her research. Dr. Altinay is currently investigating how the public shapes perceptions on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time such as rising sea levels, coastal land loss, and climate change in coastal landscapes. Because the investigation of environmental issues needs to address the underlying scientific causes and associated risks, her work often features science and risk communication. She often gives talks on science and environmental communication. Dr. Altinay worked as a science journalist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Westchester/Fairfield Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is the PRSSA faculty adviser for Iona's chapter.
See her personal website at https://zeynepaltinay.academia.edu.

  • 2018-2019: Iona College Hynes Faculty Fellowship Program (Co-PI)
  • 2014: National Association of Science Writers Idea Grant Program (Co-PI)
  • Workshop: “Telling Stories and Using Visuals for Coastal Environmental Communication”
  • 2013 & 2014: LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, New Projects Fund (Co-PI)