Center for Environmental Journalism


Faculty Affiliates

Faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and at the University of Colorado conduct research on a variety of topics related to mass media and the environment. Here, students have the opportunity to work with researchers who study environmental politics and policy, new media, religion and environment, environmental communication, and other important topics.

Assistant Professor Max Boykoff

Max Boykoff is an Environmental Studies faculty member at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Before joining the Center, Max was a Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) as well as a Department Lecturer in the School of Geography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. Max has ongoing interests in environmental governance, science and policy interactions, as well as political economics and the environment. He has experience working in North America, Central America, and Europe. From 2006-2008, Max was a James Martin 21st Century Research Fellow at the University of Oxford ECI. Through this fellowship, he was involved in both the Climate Change Research Cluster and the Environmental Governance and Climate Policy groups. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (with a parenthetical notation in Sociology) from the University of California-Santa Cruz and Bachelor of Sciences from The Ohio State University.


Professor Andrew CalabreseProfessor Andrew Calabrese

Andrew Calabrese came to the faculty in 1992 from Purdue University, where he was on the faculty of the Department of Communication. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 1998 and a research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, in 1999. His teaching and research center mainly on the relationship between communication media and citizenship with an emphasis on theoretical and practical issues of media and globalization. He edits a book series called Critical Media Studies for the publisher Rowman & Littlefield and serves on editorial boards of several research journals. He is a board member of the European Institute for Communication and Culture. Calabrese earned his BA from Denison University and his MA and PhD from the Ohio State University.
Assistant Professor Deserai Anderson Crow

Deserai Anderson Crow is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and affiliated with the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research. She joined the CU faculty in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008, and moved to the Environmental Studies program in 2012. She teaches courses related to environmental policy and media/information in environmental issues. Crow earned her PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include local environmental policy processes and the role that information (mediated, interpersonal & scientific) play in those processes. She is particularly interested in environmental issues in the western United States. Previous research focuses on the adoption of non-consumptive recreational water rights by Colorado communities and the factors that influenced policy change within these communities. She is currently working on projects that focus on local media coverage of environmental issues, information in local policy decisions, and policy processes within government agencies. After earning her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder, she worked as a broadcast reporter and producer, developing an interest in media influences and practices, especially as they relate to environmental issues.


Assistant Professor Lisa Dilling

Lisa Dilling received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She developed a program in integrated carbon cycle research for the Climate and Global Change Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and also helped to develop a national interagency program to study the integrated carbon cycle that links together relevant research in 6 Federal agencies for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (now the U.S. Climate Change Science Program). She spent two years as a scientist with the Environmental and Societal Impacts group of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Assistant Professor Nabil Echchaibi

Nabil Echchaibi joined CU in 2007. He specializes in identity politics among young Muslims in the Arab world and in diaspora. His work on diasporic media and the massification of religious authority through the proliferation of Islamic media has appeared in various international publications such as Javnost, International Communication Gazette, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, Media Development. Echchaibi is currently working on a manuscript on the social organization of transnational Islamic communication, which analyzes the impact of satellite television and religious blogging on religious authority, Muslim self-agency, and the prospect of a global Muslim civil society. For the next two years. Echchaibi will be the principle investigator on a project funded by the Social Science Research Council, which will compile a cultural history of Muslims in the Mountain West region. The project will produce an interactive web resource and a documentary film. His book “Voicing Diasporas: Ethnic Radio in Paris and Berlin Between Culture and Renewal” is forthcoming with Lexington Books in 2010. His co-edited book “International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics” was published in 2008 by Peter Lang Publishing. Prior to joining CU, he taught at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, where he helped set up the international communication department, the University of Louisville and Indiana University-Bloomington. A native of Morocco. Echchaibi earned his BA from Mohammed V University in Rabat and his MA and PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington. He is currently the associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Professor Stewart M. Hoover

Stewart M. Hoover joined the faculty in 1991 after seven years at Temple University in Philadelphia where he was associate dean for research and graduate studies in the School of Communications and Theatre. Professor Hoover’s research concentrates on qualitative studies of media audiences, looking at questions of communication and culture and the implications of media technologies and technological change. His work has focused on meaning and identity as constructed through media practice in the context of domestic and everyday life. He is particularly well known for his work on religion and media, looking most recently at how mediated popular and commercial culture serves as a context for meaning-making of the kinds traditionally (though no longer necessarily) thought of as "religious." He is interested in the ways that religious values and interests interact with larger social and political discourse through the media.  These include such things as religiously- and spiritually-defined movements focused on issues of the environment and nature, and on struggles over role and definition of science in contemporary political discourse.  He has received major research funding to carry out studies and explorations of these issues, and has been actively involved in developing an international scholarly discourse on religion and media. He directs the School’s Center for Media, Religion, and Culture.  He is the author of four books and the co-editor of three others, and holds Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School.

Professor Meg MoritzProfessor Meg Moritz

Meg Moritz, UNESCO Chair, does research on media and gay rights.  Her article, “Say I Do: Gay Weddings in Mainstream Media,” appears in “Media/Queered: Visibility and its Discontents” (Peter Lang, 2007). In “Hate Speech Made Easy: The Virtual Demonisation of Gays,” she examines the global impact of U.S. court rulings on free speech and the Internet.  It appears in “Racial, Ethnic, and Homophobic Violence: Killing in the Name of Otherness,” (Routledge Cavendish, 2006).  She was writer and story consultant for the documentary film “Scout’s Honor,” which examines the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies. The film won the audience award for best documentary and the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.   A former television news producer, Professor Moritz also examines the impact of crisis reporting on journalists and their subjects. Her most recent work in this area includes “Students as Creators and Consumers of e-News:  The Case of Virginia Tech,” which appears in e-Journalism:  New Directions in Electronic News Media, and “Crime Reporting:  Media and Identity in the South African Press” in Power, Politics and Identity in South African Media.  In 2005, she received a National Science Foundation grant to study coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Her article “Covering the News ‘come hell and high water:’ Journalists in a Disaster” appears in “Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” (U of Colorado, 2006).   Her hour-long documentary, “Covering Columbine,” looks at the emotional and ethical issues raised in the coverage of the most visible school shooting in U.S. history. It has been screened in the United States, Canada, France and South Africa and Turkey.  Her analysis of television news coverage of the September 11th attacks appears in “Representing Realities: Essays on American Literature, Art and Culture” (Tübingen Narr, 2003).  Her work on the school shootings at Virginia Tech is forthcoming in 2009. Moritz is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and has presented her research in more than 20 countries. She was a visiting scholar at University of Malta in 2008, a visiting lecturer in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian in 2006, and in 2004 she was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne. She held an appointment in the Graduate School from 2006-2008 as Faculty Director of International Graduate Education.   She is on the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association advisory board and liaison to the RIAS Berlin Commission. Professor Moritz received her BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and her PhD from NU’s School of Speech.


Associate Professor Kathleen M. Ryan

Kathleen M. Ryan joined the faculty in 2010, after spending two years at Miami University (Ohio) as a joint appointment in the Journalism Program and Department of Communication.  She returned to academia after more than 20 years  in network and local news production, and she continues to work as an active multimedia director and producer.  Ryan’s teaching and research interests include news labor and content, as well as oral history and visual communication.  Her current research involves an oral history-based multimedia project (documentary, web, radio and book) on the women who served in the Navy during World War II (  She is also conducting a longitudinal study about programming practices in network news.  She has been recognized for excellence in both her professional and academic work, including an award of merit from the Broadcast Education Association for the film “Backstretch;” research honors from the International Communication Association and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, a Chris Award as co-producer for  “Saving Faces“, and a numerous other national and regional broadcast awards including a New England Emmy nomination. Ryan holds a PhD in communication and society from University of Oregon, an MA. in broadcast journalism from University of Southern California, and a BA in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Rick Stevens

Rick Stevens teaches applied and conceptual courses in areas where technology and journalism intersect. His research interests include technology diffusion, cultural conflicts involving scientific discourse, and the role of contemporary mythology in the American identity. Dr. Stevens earned a BA in advertising and an MS in digital media from Abilene Christian University and a PhD in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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