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


  • 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 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.