Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

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Two Open Rank Positions @Northeastern University in Strategic Communication & Public Advocacy / Communication Technology & Society

Two Open Rank Positions @Northeastern University in Strategic Communication & Public Advocacy / Communication Technology & Society

This fall semester, I am chairing a faculty search for two open-rank positions, details are below. The openings are an outstanding opportunity for accomplished researchers with a strong international profile — or on track to accomplish such distinction — to join a public purpose-driven department and college. In our Communication Studies program we are looking to...
Short Analysis Paper 2: Assessing Fitness Industry Claims / The Local Food Movement

Short Analysis Paper 2: Assessing Fitness Industry Claims / The Local Food Movement

The following is the second short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. Drawing on the Timothy Caulfield reading, how and why does the fitness industry twist messages about exercise? What does Caulfield suggest are the most...
Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change

Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change

In a new open-access paper, I examine the impact of public intellectuals arguing for action in the climate debate, noting key differences across different major discourses and schools of thought (summarized in table above.) Here is the citation and abstract: Nisbet, M.C. (2014). Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change. Wiley...
Short Analysis Paper 1: (Re)Framing the Obesity Debate

Short Analysis Paper 1: (Re)Framing the Obesity Debate

The following is the first short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. What do we mean when scholars describe obesity as a wicked social problem? Explain the role that framing and metaphors play relative to...
Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years: Sept 25 Lecture @ Boston University

Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years: Sept 25 Lecture @ Boston University

On September 25 at Boston University, as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored series organized by BU climate researcher David Marchant, I will be giving the following lecture, drawing on insights from two forthcoming papers. Below are details on the talk followed by references and links to the papers. Climate Advocacy in the Obama...