About me

Phaedra C. Pezzullo is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Culture in the Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication, & Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. On campus, she also serves as Director of BoulderTalks and on the Executive Board of the Just Transition Collaborative.

She has published widely in the environmental humanities, including: the late age of fossil fuels; the trope of the human; bodies; pollution beliefs; toxic and disaster tourism; environmental communication; cultural studies; public spheres and counterpublics; research methods, particularly fieldwork; theories and practices of resistance and transgression; praxis; pinkwashing; boycotts and buycotts; presence; everyday life; global climate justice treaties and movements; and environmental justice.

Pezzullo is author of Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007), which won the Book of the Year Award in Critical and Cultural Studies, Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication, the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric/Public Address, and the Jane Jacobs Book Award from the Urban Communication Foundation.

Pezzullo also has coauthored with the former three time president of the Sierra Club,
Prof. Robert Cox, Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, 4th Ed. (Sage, 2015) and edited Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited (Routledge, 2010).
Her research, teaching and service have drawn from and contributed to ongoing movements mobilized by advocacy for environmental justice, climate justice, and a just transition, including: Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to Environmental Movements with Prof. Ronald Sandler (MIT Press, 2007).

She has published in and currently serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Monographs, Cultural Studies, Environmental Communication, and Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Pezzullo also has published widely elsewhere (see Vita page).