Profile image of Prof. Pezzullo, smiling and standing in front of bookshelves
Co-Executive Director, Just Transition Collaborative
College of Media • Communication • and Information (CMCI)

Phaedra C. Pezzullo (PhD, 2002, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; MA, B.S., B.A.) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication, & Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, as well as an Associate Faculty member of Environmental Studies and an Affiliate Faculty member of Media Studies. She is an internationally known scholar with interdisciplinary expertise in the humanities and sciences, focusing on environmental communication, environmental and climate justice, the rhetoric of social movements, tourist studies, qualitative methods, cultural studies, and public advocacy. She currently is finishing a book tentatively titled: Beyond Strawmen: Plastic Pollution, Impure Politics, and Networked Cultures of Care .

Pezzullo is a founding Co-Director of C3BC (the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change), which confronts the climate crisis through creative inspiration and social change, and the Just Transition Collaborative, which engages in pedagogy and public engagement about the transition from a carbon-based extractive economy to a sustainable, living culture. In 2018, she also became a co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, which fosters creative climate communication for decision-makers, youth, & frontline communities. Committed to public scholarship and engagement, Pezzullo has consulted, trained, and worked with many organizations and partners, including the American Bar Association, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), The Pulitzer Center, the Sierra Club, and local government planning departments. For more information, go to her professional website.