Associate Professor, Communications Studies

Furman Hall 123

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      I study extended controversies and public debates, especially in the early U.S. These include themes of banking and agriculture, civility and propriety, and virtue and wealth. The Sustainable Citizenship project takes concepts from Communication Studies regarding civic education and practice and realigns them with a philosophy of sustainability.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      My research speaks to sustainability in a broader sense, mostly, but also in a narrower sense. On a broad level, I research the discursive norms of debate that make continued argument and discussion sustainable in the public sphere. On a narrow level, I have also studied matters of risk communication, greenwashing and advocacy, and the relationship of science and ethics in debate, mostly for use in the classroom.

  • Center-funded research projects

      Sustainable Citizenship and Advocacy Education

      The first center-funded project takes up sustainable advocacy with a resulting book chapter (2014) that examines a speech to the UN Earth Summit in Rio (1992) and analyzes the speech by these principles. A second center-funded project is under review regarding the rhetoric of science, especially as the public sphere grapples with climate change.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • COM321 - Advocacy
      • COM111 - Argumentation

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