Mildred Perreault

Assistant Professor


Office: CIS 3101                                                                                                                                        Phone: (813) 396-2662


  • Ph.D. in Journalism (University of Missouri)
  • M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology (Georgetown University)
  • B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations (Baylor University)


Assistant Professor Mimi Perreault has researched local journalists, public relations practitioners, and citizen scientists as both stakeholders and disaster communicators. Her premier interest is in science communication and journalism and journalistic interpretations of science.

She also has looked at identity as a key indicator of audience perception and interpretation. Perreault has been published in Mass Communication and Society, American Behavioral Scientist, Journalism Practice, Games and Culture, Disasters, Communication Studies, and Journalism Education.  She is the co-editor of the forthcoming AEJMC Peter Lang Scholar Sourcing book, Crisis Communication Case Studies on COVID-19: Multidimensional perspectives and applications with Dr. Sarah Smith-Frigerio.

After working as a journalist and public relations professional in Washington, DC, and South Florida she sees the role of the local journalist during a natural disaster as one that can engage community response and build community resilience. Perreault is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Mass Communications at the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.


Crisis and Disaster Communication, health communication, media relations, Public Relations, Local Journalism, Magazine media, women in media, science communication, and environmental communication