An award-winning author, 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, 6th, 5th, & 4th Ed. (Sage, 2021, 2018, 2016, 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), Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited (Routledge, 2010), and Green Communication and China (Michigan State University Press and Communication University of China, 2020, co-edited with Jingfang Liu).
She is an internationally known interdisciplinary expert, focusing on environmental communication, environmental and climate justice, social movements, rhetoric, cultural studies, qualitative methods, publics, and market-based advocacy. Pezzullo has published widely in the environmental humanities and social sciences, including on: projection mapping as creative climate communication; a just transition; food justice; climate injustice; 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; food justice; food history; and environmental justice. A copy of her vita, including more details on publications, teaching, and service, may be downloaded from her academia.edu page.
Pezzullo gives talks throughout the US and internationally. Some notable lectures include: a 2018 keynote talk at the Communication University of China (CUC, Beijing) titled, “On Crisis, Care, & Futurity: Environmental Communication in China”; at Fudan University in October 2017 for a course on environmental communication & the public sphere; “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. Pezzullo also has been awarded for her exceptional service in sustainability, including the 2019 Green Faculty Sustainability Award on her own campus and the national J. Robert Cox Award in Environmental Communication & Civic Engagement from the Environmental Communication Division. She has partnered and consulted with many, including the American Bar Association, the Sierra Club, the University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research, and government planning departments. Pezzullo has dual citizenship in USA and Italia.
She has published in and currently serves on the editorial boards of notable book series and journals, including: Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Monographs, Cultural Studies, Environmental Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Environmental Media, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs. She also co-founded and co-edits the University of California Book series with Salma Monani: Environmental Communication, Power and Culture.
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.