University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, Mt 59812-1028
Professor & Department Chair
Please email me or contact Lanell Curry (x4293) to schedule an appointment.
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.
Jennifer Peeples, Pete Bsumek, Steve Schwarze, and Jen Schneider, “Industrial Apocalyptic: Neoliberalism, Coal, and the Burlesque Frame.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 17.2 (2014): 227-254.
Pete Bsumek, Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, and Jennifer Peeples, “Corporate Ventriloquism: Corporate Advocacy, the Coal Industry, and the Appropriation of Voice.” Lead chapter in Steve Depoe and Jennifer Peeples (eds.), Voice and Environmental Communication. London: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming in 2014.
“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