• Affiliate Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Professor, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program
  • Professor, Communication

Research Summary

With a background in journalism and environmental studies, Julia Corbett writes both academic research and narrative nonfiction about human relationships with the natural world. Her current academic research investigates the communication of climate change and other environmental issues. Her first book was a seminal text in environmental communication, and her third book was winner of the Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction for 2018.


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


Julia Corbett is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. 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 (Island Press 2006). 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 (University of Utah Press 2013). A third book, Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday,won the 2018 Reading the West Book Award for Nonfiction (University of Nevada Press 2018). Her environmental nonfiction essays have been published in venues such as Orion, High Country News, and OnEarth magazine. She is completing work on a fourth book about communicating the climate crisis. 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.