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Faculty Image Steve Schwarze
Office: LA 301A; MW, 10:30-Noon and by appt
Phone: 406-243-4901



My broad area of interest is rhetoric and public discourse, with a specific focus in environmental communication. I am particularly interested in the rhetorical strategies used to shape public perception of environmental issues. I am currently engaged in a long-term collaborative research project on public controversies surrounding coal--its extraction, its role in energy generation, and its contribution to climate change. Prior research has focused on the public discourse surrounding asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana, and controversies over public lands management.

Office Hours:

Wed 11am-1pm, and by appt.


COMM 242 Argumentation

COMM 250 Intro to Rhetorical Theory

COMM 350 Persuasive Speaking and Criticism

COMM 377 Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism

COMM 379 Communication, Consumption, and Climate

COMM 575 Rhetoric and Environmental Controversy

Selected Publications:

“Environmental Melodrama: Explorations and Extensions,” part of the forum by Kinsella, et al., “Narratives, Rhetorical Genres, and Environmental Conflict: Responses to Schwarze’s ‘Environmental Melodrama,’” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 2.1 (2008): 78 - 109

“Environmental Communication as a Field of Crisis,” Environmental Communication 1.1 (2007): 87-98.

“Environmental Melodrama” Quarterly Journal of Speech 92.3 (2006): 239-261.