Elizabeth Dickinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Adjunct Instructor in Education and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Fischler School of Education
Nova Southeastern University
The trouble with the maples
“The Trees” by Rush
I am an Assistant Professor in Communication in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-CH, where I teach in the communication area. My research focuses on communication, culture, environmental communication, and ecocultural sustainability. At Nova Southeastern University, I teach M.S.-level online social science courses in the Environmental Education and Oceanography programs. In 2010, I earned my Ph.D. in Communication from the Department of Communication at the University of New Mexico.
Eco-theory and philosophy; environmental education; environmental consumerism; space, place, and landscape; ecocultural dialectics; epistemologies of science, politics, and economics; environmental conflict; state and national parks and forests; environmental justice; ecofeminism
Culture and Communication
Intercultural communication; critical theories of culture; gender; how cultural ideologies are produced, consumed, performed, and resisted through communication
Approaches and Methods
Qualitative, rhetorical, and critical; textual analysis, participant observation, interviewing, rhetorical criticism, ethnography, critical methods
Dickinson, E. (forthcoming). The misdiagnosis: Rethinking “nature-deficit disorder.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.
Milstein, T., & Dickinson, E. (forthcoming).
Gynocentric greenwashing: The discursive gendering of nature. Communication,
Culture & Critique.
McKinnon, S., Dickinson, E., Chavez, K., & Carr, J. (forthcoming). Kiva.org, person-to person lending, and the conditions of intercultural contact. Howard Journal of Communications.
Dickinson, E. (2012). (Re)appropriating the petroglyphs: Commercial representations of a cultural landscape. Journal of Consumer Culture, 12(2), 1-20.
Dickinson, E., Foss, K. A., & Chen, Y.-W. (2012). Disrupting polarization in discourses of terrorism, the environment, and race: The generative possibilities of dialectical innovation. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(14).
Dickinson, E. (2012). Addressing environmental racism through storytelling: Toward an environmental justice narrative framework. Communication, Culture & Critique, 5(1), 57-74.
Lutgen-Sandvik, P., Dickinson, E., & Foss, K. A. (2012). Painting, priming, peeling, and polishing: Constructing and deconstructing the woman-bullying-woman identity at work. In S. Fox, & T. R. Lituchy (Eds.), Gender and the dysfunctional workplace (pp. 61-77). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Dickinson, E. (2011). Displaced in nature: The cultural production of (non-)place in place-based forest conservation pedagogy. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 5(3), 300-319.
* 1st Place Top Paper in Environmental Communication, WSCA, 2011
Milstein, T., Anguiano, C., Sandoval, J., Chen, Y.-W., & Dickinson, E. (2011). Communicating a
“new” environmental vernacular: A sense of relations-in-place. Communication Monographs, 78(4), 486-519.
Dickinson, E. (2009). The Montana meth project: Applying Burke’s dramatistic pentad to a persuasive anti-drug media campaign. Communication Teacher, 23(3), 126-131.
For all publications, working papers, and projects, click here.
I was born and raised in Southern California. After earning a B.A. in Organizational Communication from California State University San Bernardino, I completed my M.A. from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication and Social Change. I taught English in Aomori, Japan for two years through the JET Program before moving to Los Angeles where I worked in marketing. I taught communication in Beijing through the University of Colorado Denver’s ICB program at China Agricultural University. I worked at a nonprofit in San Diego before moving to Miami where I was a communication instructor at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 2010 and, before coming to UNC, I spent a year teaching at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. I have experience in academic, nonprofit, business, and intercultural settings.
“The primary human reality is persons in conversation.”¯
(Ron Harre, 1983)
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