JULIA B CORBETT portrait
  • Affiliate Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Professor, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program
  • Professor, Communication
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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 most recent book is Communicating the Climate Crisis: New Directions for Facing What Lies Ahead (Lexington Books 2021). 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.

Education

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

Biography

Julia Corbett is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. She writes about human relationships with the living world, exploring the profound influence of human culture on our deep interdependencies with Others. Her most recent book is Communicating the Climate Crisis: New Directions for Facing What Lies Ahead (Lexington Books, 2021). 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. Before receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1994, she was a reporter, a park naturalist, and a natural resources information officer.