About me

Phaedra C. Pezzullo (PhD, 2002, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; MA, B.S., B.A.) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication, & Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, as well as an Associate Faculty member of Environmental Studies and an Affiliate Faculty member of Media Studies. She is an internationally known scholar with interdisciplinary expertise in the humanities and sciences, focusing on environmental communication, environmental and climate justice, social movements, tourist studies, qualitative methods, and public advocacy.

Pezzullo serves as a founding Co-Director of C3BC (the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change), which confronts the climate crisis by creatively communicating and changing human behavior, and the Just Transition Collaborative, which engages in pedagogy and public engagement about the transition from a carbon-based extractive economy to a sustainable, living culture. In 2018, she also became a co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, which fosters creative climate communication for decision-makers, youth, & frontline communities. Pezzullo has consulted and volunteered with many civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, the national Sierra Club, and government planning departments. She attended COP21 in Paris as part of the International Environmental Communication Association’s Climate Negotiations Working Group.

Pezzullo authored the highly-regarded book, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007), which examines how communities use noncommercial tours to raise awareness about the impacts of toxic pollution and social injustice. Her innovative argument and fieldwork was recognized with four awards: Book of the Year Award in Critical and Cultural Studies; the 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 has coauthored and/or (co)edited seven additional books, including three editions of Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, 6th Ed. (Sage,  2021), coauthored with Robert Cox, three-time president of the Sierra Club, and Green Communication and China (MSU Press, 2020), coedited with Jingfang Liu. Pezzullo has published in and currently serves on the editorial boards of over a half dozen journals and has published widely (see Vita). Among other research on food justice, just transitions, and environmental media, she currently is co-editing a new University of California book series with Salma Monani: Environmental Communication, Power, and Culture.

Pezzullo has been an invited lecturer throughout the US and internationally, including the Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne, Université de Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France, Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Communication University of China in Beijing.