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Sprain, Leah Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Sprain's research program focuses on democratic engagement, studying how specific communication practices facilitate and inhibit democratic action. Because outreach and praxis are crucial to democratic engagement, much of her research is collaborative, funded, and focused on the theory–practice interface. Informed by work as a deliberative practitioner with the Colorado State University (CSU) Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), her research bridges conventional divisions among normative theory, empirical research, and practice. By working at the theory–practice interface, Dr. Sprain's research informs and improves democratic engagement on pressing social issues, such as climate change, water conflict, and community resilience.


  • deliberation, civic engagement, culture and communication, ethnography of communication, environmental communication, small group communication, social movement rhetoric, discourse analysis


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courses taught

  • COMM 6840 Master's Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • COMM 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • COMM 8840 Doctoral Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • COMM 2400 Discourse, Culture and Identities (Spring 2018)
  • COMM 6840 Master's Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • COMM 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)


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