Hello, I’m Kristen.

I’m a social scientist and communication expert.

Here’s me in a paragraph…or two

I’m an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wyoming, where science, political, and digital communication and journalism have been my passions since fall 2010. Although, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I’m stepping down from my tenured position in May 2023 because I relocated to the Raleigh, North Carolina, area so my husband (also fancy with a PhD…from University of Wyoming, no less) could continue his career at Research Triangle Institute International as a research chemical/environmental engineer.

I begin the next phase of my life–I turned 40 years old on Halloween! Boo! Haha–with a little more uncertainty in my career than I would have expected. But I am happy to be closer to our Florida family. That’s important as we raise our four humans.

The Snowy Range Mountains are spectacular.


As a social scientist who uses communication and social psychological theories, I study the impact of narratives on people’s attitudes and behaviors relative to science and politics. My most recent work seeks to build community resilience in the face of climate-water disruptions using coproduction of knowledge.

Columbines thrive in the mountains.


I believe the student-teacher relationship should be built upon respect, understanding, trust, transparency, and high expectations. A strong feeling of community and coproduction of knowledge will strongly encourage students to remember academic experiences, even when they have completed their degree.

Wildflowers grow near alpine lakes.


I am a professional photographer with experience photographing athletes, families, and children. While I’m not actively recruiting clients right now, I am proud of the work I’ve done at capturing my subjects’ personalities and spark. You can see more client galleries on my portfolio page.

Family is everything.

We are the Larsonville family. We celebrate my husband’s last name (Larson) and my last name (Landreville).

We spend a lot of time snuggling and snacking, baking and building, and learning and leaning on one another.

Dishes and laundry, like grading, never end.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.