Pezzullo has authored numerous books, including: Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007); Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, 5th Ed. and 4th Ed. (Sage, 2015, co-authored with Robert Cox); Environmental Justice and Environmentalism (MIT Press, 2007, co-edited with Ronald Sandler) and Readings on Rhetoric and Performance (Strata, 2010, co-edited with Stephen Olbrys Gencarella), and edited Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited (Routledge, 2010). She currently is working on a coedited volume about China and environmental communication with Jingfang Liu.
Pezzullo 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 in rhetorical studies; theories and practices of resistance and transgression; praxis; pinkwashing; boycotts and buycotts; presence; everyday life; global climate justice treaties and movements; and environmental justice. A copy of her vita, including more details on publications, teaching, and service, may be downloaded from her academia.edu page.
Some notable lectures include: a keynote talk at the Communication University of China (CUC, Beijing) titled, “On Crisis, Care, & Futurity: Environmental Communication in China”; at Fudon University in October 2017 for a course on environmental communication & the public sphere; “Defining a Just Transition: Transforming Harms to Hope,” Temple University, April 5, 2017; “Communication in the Late Age of Fossil Fuels: Scientific Certainty, Cruel Ironies, and Imaginative Solutions,” Keynote Speaker, Communication Days, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Denver, April 7, 2015; “You Are Toxic. You Are Not a Toxin.,” Invited speaker at Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference: Interesting Questions in Health, Social Change, and Technology. Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa, February 28, 2014; “‘In Vivo’: Kids, Chemical Safety, and the Limits of the Posthuman,” Josephine Jones Lecture, Department of Communication Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, February 4, 2013; “Before the Cradle and After the Grave: When Toxic Bodies Become Ordinary,” Plenary Speaker at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Association of Cultural Studies, Grand amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, July 5, 2012.
An award-winning teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Pezzullo has served as the advisor to inspiring student-led groups and is also committed to community engagement. She has served on and consulted with the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources committee, the Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice committee, the City of Bloomington, Indiana, planning department, and the City of Boulder, Colorado, planning department. In 2015, Pezzullo served as the head of the International Environmental Communication Association’s Climate Negotiations Working Group at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)/COP21.
She has published in and currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals: Environmental Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Monographs, Cultural Studies, and Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Pezzullo holds both a Master’s and a Doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Certificate in Cultural Studies.
She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst,
a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Thought and Political Economy.