JULIA B CORBETT

Biosketch

JULIA B CORBETT portrait
  • Affiliate Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Professor, Environmental Humanities
  • Professor, Communication

Biography

Education

  • B.A., School of Journalism, Indiana University
  • M.A., School of Journalism, University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D., School of Journalism, Univeristy of Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • Manfred Award in Creative Writing, Honorable Mention, for essay “Out of the Woods,” at the Western Literature Association annual conference, Big Sky, MT. Western Literature Association, 09/2016
  • Alta Sustainability Leadership Award in the category of Integrating Sustainability in Education . University of Utah Sustainability Office & Alta Environmental Center, 03/06/2015
  • Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West, Julia Corbett, Short-listed for the Reading the West award of the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Assoc. Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Assoc., 03/2014
  • Sabbatical (one semester). College of Humanities, University of Utah, 08/2012
  • Environmental Humanities Research Professorship. University of Utah, College of Humanities, 07/2011
  • Environmental Humanities Research Professorship. University of Utah, College of Humanities, 07/01/2010

Biography

Julia Corbett is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Environmental Humanities. Her scholarship investigates environmental communication from a macro-sociological view of social conflict and cultural change, primarily now in the form of nonfiction essays and books about human relationships with the natural world. Of particular interest is the social organization of climate silence and alternative forms of engagement with climate change. 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 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 about 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.

In the Media

  • TV interview, "Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Change?" 4-minute segment on Good Morning Utah, KTVX,Channel 4, Salt Lake City. 10/25/2016.
  • "In the spirit of Thoreau's sister," Ellen Fagg Weist, Salt Lake Tribune, D1. (Sunday feature on Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West, by Julia Corbett as UtahLit selection for May). 05/25/2014.
  • Featured Guest, Access Utah (hour-long program on NPR station at Utah State University), Logan, Utah, for Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West. 07/03/2013.
  • Feature article, Sublette County Examiner about book Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West. 06/2013.