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Pezzullo, Phaedra C. Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Pezzullo's areas of expertise include: environmental communication, environmental justice studies, rhetoric, and cultural studies. She has published widely on the late age of fossil fuels; the trope of the human; bodies; pollution beliefs; chemical pollution and safety campaigns; toxic and disaster tourism; environmental communication; cultural studies; public spheres and counterpublics; research methods, particularly the cultural politics of field methods and performance studies; theories and practices of resistance and transgression; praxis; pinkwashing; boycotts and buycotts; presence; space/place and time; everyday life; intellectual formations; and environmental justice in North America.


  • the late age of fossil fuels, the humananities, bodies, pollution beliefs, chemical pollution and safety campaigns, toxic and disaster tourism, environmental communication, cultural studies, public spheres and counterpublics, research methods, theories and practices of resistance and transgression, praxis, pinkwashing, boycotts and buycotts, presence, space place and time, everyday life, environmental justice


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courses taught

  • COMM 3370 - Environmental Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces the growing field of environmental communication, including historical events, key concepts, legal landmarks, technological developments and public controversies at the intersection of the environment, economics and social justice. Focuses on persuasive communication in the public sphere, as well as the constitutive power of communication to name and redefine what has been and might become possible in our environmental imaginations.
  • COMM 4300 - Senior Seminar: Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Reviews current theory and research on rhetoric and culture.
  • COMM 5225 - Environmental Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigates key concepts in environmental communication and considers which theoretical frameworks and practical actions can inform the effects of various constituents to address environmental issues.
  • COMM 6320 - Rhetorical Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Reviews current theory and research on topics such as contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetoric and public life, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5320.
  • COMM 6340 - Rhetoric and Civic Community
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Considers performances of public life as rhetorical inducements of civitas. Topics include negotiation of self-regulation among interdependent partners, rhetorical exclusions and/or counterpublics, and dialectical tensions of public/private as these contribute to and have civic consequences for publicness, community, and social will. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5320.


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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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