• Adjunct, Asian Studies Program
  • Hinckley Fellow, Hinckley Institute Of Politics
  • Professor, Communication
  • Adjunct, Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities Research Professor
  • University of Utah Faculty Fellow

Creative Research

  • Photo "Descartes' Skull" in the book Rhetorical Darwinism by Thomas Lessl (Baylor UP Press) (2010) Media Arts, completed 12/2010.
  • Contributed several photographs to the book Li Gang in the Grey Scale, by Tony Trembath. Monash Gallery of Art, Australia, 2010. Media Arts, completed 09/2010.
  • Film: Li Gang on Art and the Accidental. [(Director, Editor, and Producer (with Ye Sun)]. Shown at 798 Art District, Beijing, China, August, 2010. Media Arts, completed 08/2010.


  • “Social Media, Global Surveillance Society, and the Embers of Activism: China as Prototype.” Vienna University, 12/2022. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/07/2022.
  • “The Peril and Promise of Social Media Activism in a Global Surveillance Society.” Penn State Univ, 11/2022. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/04/2022.
  • NCA Scholar Spotlight: Kevin DeLuca. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2017.
  • "Rethinking Chantal Mouffe." National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Creating Wilderness with Photographs: Images and Environmentalism Utah Humanities 09/15. Ogden Public Library. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/28/2015.
  • "The Actions and Consequences of Corporate Subjectivity: Rio Tinto and the Metabolic Rift." (co-authors: Nick Paliewicz and Brett Clark. Conference on Communication and Environment, Boulder, CO, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2015.
  • "Remembering Diane Hope." National Communication Association. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2013.
  • “China and Social Media: Exploring New Forms of Activism,” Eastern Illinois University, 2/2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2013.
  • “China, Social Media, and Saving the Earth: Deploying Decentered Knots of World-Making to Challenge the Global Corporatocracy,” Univ of Nevada, Reno, 11/2012. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.
  • “Activism, Force, and Social Media in a World of Infinite Violence,” Symbolic Violence Conference, Texas A&M, 3/12. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2012.
  • Activism in the Wake of the Event of China: Abandoning the Domesticated Rituals of Democracy to Explore the Dangers of Wild Public Screens . Conference Paper, Presented, 11/16/2011.
  • "Time to Think Like a Mountain and Act Like a Rock: The Fierce Urgency of Now" Kevin DeLuca, University of Utah. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2011.
  • “The Wild Yak Brigade and other Utopian Tales from China: Environmental Activism Beyond the Confines of Democracy” Univ of Colorado, Boulder, 2/2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2011.
  • iPhone, Therefore I Am International Communication Association, Singapore, 2010. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2010.
  • “Environmental Activism in China: Seeing Beyond Media Stereotypes.” Humanities Happy Hour, Univ of Utah, 3/2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2010.
  • “Framing China: US Media, Global Warming, and the Chinese ‘Threat.’” Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 2009. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2009.
  • “The U.S. Media System.” Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2009. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2009.


  • Chinese, basic.
  • German, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China
  • France
  • Thailand


  • Kevin Michael DeLuca & Joshua Trey Barnett/Nathan Crick (2024). "The universe of things: Power in a more than human world." The Routledge Handbook on Rhetoric and Power. . Routledge. Accepted, 04/2024.
  • Kevin Michael DeLuca (2023). Digital/Social Media as Environment. Environmental Communication. Accepted, 12/2023.
  • Kevin DeLuca (2021). “Extinction Rebellion’s Image Events, Social Media, and the Eclipse of the Earth.” . Social Anthropology. Vol. 29. Published, 12/2021.
  • Ye Sun & O'Neill, L., Liu, M., & Bowen, B (2021). “Mobilizing the public in saving the Bonneville salt flats: Understanding blame as a psychological construct.”. Environmental Communication. Vol. 15. Published, 09/2021.
  • M. Betlemidze (2021). “I provoke therefore I am: Cross-border mediatizations of Femen’s ‘sextremist’ protest” . International Journal of Communication, 15. Vol. 15. Published, 09/2021.
  • Kevin DeLuca (2020). “Media and Translations of Nature: The Feeling of Skiing Jackson Hole.” In Crossing Borders: Beyond Phenomenology and Critique. ARP Books. Published, 05/2020.
  • Kevin DeLuca & Mariam Betlemidze (2018). The queen is dead; long live the queen? Hearing voices and sounds beyond the human. Argumentation and Advocacy. Vol. 54:4, 261-268. Published, 12/28/2018.
  • DeLuca & Elinor Light (2017). “The Event of the BP Oil Disaster: Evental Rhetoric and Emerging Worlds.” . Louisiana Speaks: The Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association. Accepted, 12/2017.
  • Kevin DeLuca & Brunner; Eds. C. Foust, A. Pason, & K. Rogness (2017). “Activism in the Wake of the Event of China: Abandoning the Domesticated Rituals of Democracy to Explore the Dangers of Wild Public Screens”; What Democracy Looks Like: The Rhetoric of Social Movements and Counterpublics. (pp. 225-245). U of Alabama Press. Published, 05/2017.
  • DeLuca & M. Allen (Ed) (2017). “Visual Analysis” (2017) The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods. The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods. Published, 04/2017.
  • DeLuca & Brunner, E. (2017). “China’s Wild Public Screens: Weibo, WeChat, and Creative Activism” . China Policy Institute. Published, 03/2017.
  • Brunner & DeLuca (2016). “The Argumentative Force of Image Networks: Greenpeace’s Panmediated Global Detox Campaign.” Argumentation and Advocacy:52(4) (2016) pp 281-299. Argumentation and Advocacy:52(4). Vol. 52(4), 281-299. Published, 12/2016.
  • E. Brunner (2016). “Taking a Networked Approach to Understanding Environmental Activism in China: Looking Under the Dome.” International Ecology and Safety. (2016). International Ecology and Safety. Published, 12/2016.
  • DeLuca & Brunner; Sun (2016). “Weibo, WeChat, and the Transformative Events of Environmental Activism in China.”. International Journal of Communication V.10 2016. Vol. 10, 321-339. Published, 12/2016.
  • Brunner & y. Shen; E. Gordon & P. Mihailidis (2016). “Connecting Across Oceans Over Air”; Civic Media Reader . MIT. Published, 06/2016.
  • The Force of Image Networks: Greenpeace’s Panmediated Global Detox Campaign.” Argumentation and Advocacy. . Accepted, 11/2015.
  • “OWS and Social Media News Sharing after the Wake of Institutional Journalism” (with Sean Lawson). Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives Vol 2 Ed. By S. Allen and E. Thorsen. Peter Lang (2014). Published, 05/2014.
  • “Practicing Politics Beyond the Fairy Tale of Deliberative Democracy: A Response to Alan Gross.” Argumentation and Advocacy, V. 43, #4, 2013. Published, 04/2013.
  • “Occupy Wall Street on the Public Screens of Social Media: The Many Framings of the Birth of a Social Movement”Communication, Culture & Critique (with co-authors Sean Lawson and Ye Sun), 2012, 5:4, pp. 483-509. Article, Refereed Journal, Published, 11/2012. Published, 11/2012.
  • “Wild Public Screens and Image Events from Seattle to China: Using Social Media to Broadcast Activism Beyond the Confines of Democracy” (with Ye Sun and Jennifer Peeples). Transnational Protests and the Media Edited by Simon Cottle and Libby Lester. Peter Lang. Published, 05/2011.
  • "Q.U.I.L.T.: A Patchwork of Reflections" A revised version of a journal article appearing in the book Remembering the Quilt, MSU Press. Published, 04/2011.
  • “Interrupting the World As It Is: Thinking Amidst the Corporatocracy and in the Wake of Tunisia, Egypt, and Wisconsin” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28:2, 2011, pp. 86-93. Published, 03/2011.
  • “Environmental Movement Media.” In Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. Ed. John Downing. Sage (2011). Published, 01/2011.
  • “Salvaging Wilderness from the Tomb of History: A Response to The National Parks: America's Best Idea” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 4: 4, 2010, pp 484 – 493. Published, 12/2010.
  • “China’s Emerging Public Sphere.” G8/G20 Magazine, June, 2010, pp. 58-59. Published, 06/2010.
  • "Playing in the Mud." Text and Performance Quarterly, 30:2, pp. 224-226. Published, 04/2010.
  • Greenpeace International Media Analyst Reflects on Communicating Climate Change Kevin Michael DeLuca. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 3:2, (2009), pp. 263 – 269. Published, 10/2009.
  • “The Force of Images as Events." jac: rhetoric, writing, culture, politics (2008). Published, 06/2009.
  • "Image Events and Visual Rhetoric." Enculturation, 6:2, (2009). Published, 05/2009.
  • “Memories of the Tropics in Industrial Jungles: Constructing Nature, Contesting Nature." Environmental Communication, 3:1, (2009), pp. 1-24. Published, 04/2009.