University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, Mt 59812-1028
Associate Professor & Chair
Wed 11am-1pm, and by appt.
My broad area of interest is rhetoric and public discourse, with a specific focus in environmental communication. I am particularly interested in the rhetorical strategies used to shape public perception of environmental issues. I am currently engaged in a long-term collaborative research project on public controversies surrounding coal--its extraction, its role in energy generation, and its contribution to climate change. Prior research has focused on the public discourse surrounding asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana, and controversies over public lands management.
“Environmental Melodrama: Explorations and Extensions,” part of the forum by Kinsella, et al., “Narratives, Rhetorical Genres, and Environmental Conflict: Responses to Schwarze’s ‘Environmental Melodrama,’” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 2.1 (2008): 78 - 109
“Environmental Communication as a Field of Crisis,” Environmental Communication 1.1 (2007): 87-98.
“Environmental Melodrama” Quarterly Journal of Speech 92.3 (2006): 239-261.
COMM 242 Argumentation
COMM 250 Intro to Rhetorical Theory
COMM 350 Persuasive Speaking and Criticism
COMM 377 Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism
COMM 379 Communication, Consumption, and Climate
COMM 575 Rhetoric and Environmental Controversy