My work focuses on communication as a cultural force in the nexus of humanity and ecology.
I’m currently working on several research projects, including:
1. Nature Tourism Discourses: Ethnographic research centrally concerned with ways tourism discourse reinforces or challenges Western views of, and actions toward, wildlife and ecosystems. Locations of focus include the Canada-U.S. Pacific border, Hawai'i, Australia, and New Zealand.
2. Ecological Identity: Theoretical and qualitative research examining the everyday production and disciplining of individual orientations toward the more than human world.
3. When I say nature, I mean...: Analysis of pedagogical free writes to illuminate individual and wider cultural environmental meaning systems. In addition to this study, being undertaken collaboratively with two PhD students and a Geography and Environmental Studies colleague, these free writes from my courses have inspired several talented graduate students to create a performance piece.
• Christine L. Oravec Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Environmental Communication. National Communication Association. 2013. 2009.
• Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association. 2013.
Sample Published Works: To access these publications, please go to Academia.edu
• Milstein, T.,Pileggi, M., & Morgan, E. (Eds.) (2017). Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice. London, UK: Routledge.
• Milstein, T.& Griego, S. (2017). Environmental privilege walk: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. InMilstein, T., Pileggi, M., & Morgan, E. (Eds.), Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice. London, UK: Routledge.
• Milstein, T.,Alhinai, M, Castro, J., Griego, S., Hoffmann, J, Parks, M., Siebert, M. & Thomas, M. (2017). Breathing Life into Learning: Ecocultural Pedagogy and the Inside-Out Classroom. InMilstein, T., Pileggi, M., & Morgan, E. (Eds.), Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice. London, UK: Routledge.
• Milstein, T. (2016). The performer metaphor: “Mother nature never gives us the same show twice.” Environmental Communication, 10 (2), 227-248.
• Milstein, T. (2016, May 31). Is nature really the greatest show on Earth? [Web log post]. Center for Humans & Nature.
• Milstein, T. (2015, November 13). From SeaWorld to the wild, a nature-as-performer metaphor holds sway [Web log post]. International Environmental Communication Association, Taylor & Francis.
• Milstein, T. (2013). Book review: Arran Stibbe, Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World. Discourse & Society, 24 (4), 504-506.
• Milstein, T. (2012). Survive, critique, and create: Guiding radical pedagogy and critical public scholarship with the discursive guideposts of ecopedagogy. Green Theory and Praxis Journal. 6 (1), 3-16.
• Milstein, T. (2012). Greening Communication. In S.D. Fassbinder, A. J. Nocella II & R. Kahn (Eds.), Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts (pp. 161-174). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. (2013 Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association)
• Milstein, T. & Dickinson, E. A. (2012). Gynocentric greenwashing: The discursive gendering of nature. Communication, Culture, & Critique. 5 (4), 510-532.
• Milstein, T., & Kroløkke, C. (2012). Transcorporeal tourism: Whales, fetuses, and the rupturing and reinscribing of cultural constraints. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. 6 (1), 82-100.
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