Environmental Humanities is delighted to welcome our newest faculty member, Professor Julia Corbett. Julie has been an affiliated faculty member in EH but has now joined us as a split appointment between Communications and Environmental Humanities. We are fortunate to welcome such an accomplished and engaged colleague.
She says: "I am thrilled about my new appointment in Environmental Humanities. I have long been an Affiliate Faculty member but have yearned to teach EH courses and be much more involved with students in the program, so I am excited about this opportunity. EH is an amazing program."
Julia’s scholarship investigates environmental communication from a macro-sociological view of social conflict and change, primarily now in the form of nonfiction essays and books about human relationships with the natural world. She authored one of the first texts in environmental communication, Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages (2006, Island Press). Her second book, Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West, “enacts the insights of feminist nature criticism” in a memoir about building a small cabin in a wild place in a 21st-century landscape under acute pressure (2013, University of Utah Press). Her environmental nonfiction essays have been published in venues such as Orion, High Country News, and OnEarth magazine. She is finishing a third book, A Regular Day for the Moon: Culture and Everyday Nature and will soon begin a fourth book on communicating climate change. Before receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1994, she was a reporter, a park ranger, a naturalist, a natural resources information officer, and a press secretary.