Blake McGhghy serves as the AAAS Civic Science Fellow with the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. Blake brings relevant research and practical experience in public engagement, science communication, and civic engagement to the role. Originally from Keokuk, Iowa, he is interested in how the scientific community can meaningfully connect science-society issues with audiences in rural areas of the United States. He is excited to contribute his perspective and expertise to civic science and public engagement initiatives, in collaboration with AAAS and with Civic Science Fellows at other institutions. He holds a master’s degree in social science (University of Chicago), where he completed a thesis on public engagement in innovation policy at the city level and a bachelor’s degree in social studies (Harvard University), where he focused on science and technology studies. Prior to serving as a Civic Science Fellow, Blake completed a Boren Fellowship where he studied Hindi and worked at an environmental think tank in New Delhi, India.