Christian D Angelich

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A doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Christian works on the theme: Communication saves lives. His dissertation is a case study on high profile derailment accidents where hazardous materials poisoned small communities. He specializes in the rhetoric of capitalism and the ideology of perpetual growth, along with discourses on oil transportation, finance, foreign policy and environmental journalism.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • A.A.: General Studies, El Camino College, Torrance, CA, 1996.
  • B.A.: Human Communication, California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA, 1998.
  • Commercial Multiengine Instrument, Flight Safety Academy, Vero Beach, FL, 1999.
  • M.A.: Communication, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA, 2013.


  • Rhetoric
  • Environmental Communication
Courses Taught
  • Public Speaking
  • Argumentation
  • Group Discussion
  • Persuasion
  • Interpersonal
  • Forensics Lab
  • Media Literacy
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Judge: CEDA/NDT collegiate debate tournaments , 2012 - 2014


  • "Crashing the Environment: Bill McKibben's Use of Hyperbolic Argument": National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah July 2017
  • "Wrecking the Environment: Hyperbolic Metaphors in Popular Environmental Discourse." : Midwest Winter Workshop, University of Iowa, January 2017
  • "Trope of Containment: Oil Train Safety in Minnesota" [Lightening talk].: Institute on the Environment Sustainability Symposium, University of Minnesota, April 2016
  • "Prudential Precaution: Applying Phronesis and the Precautionary Principle to the Politics of Fracking": National Communication Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015
  • "Fracking Outlaws: Where Public Rights to Safe Water Clash with Private Oil: Conference Presentation, National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation, July 2015
  • "Campaign to Ban Bomb Trains" [Poster session].: Institute on the Environment Sustainability Symposium, April 2015
  • “Rebuilding America, Two Hellfire Missiles at a Time: The Language of Profitability and Legitimizing an Ethic of Death.” : Council of Graduate Students Research Symposium, University of Minnesota, April 2015 - April 2015
  • “Rearranging Deck Chairs: RMS Titanic as Archetypal Metaphor for Systemic Risk.”: Doing Rhetoric at the U, University of Minnesota, September 2014 - September 2014
  • Fossil fuel transportation and public risk : Angelich, Christian, Author. Link
  • Dangers associated with oil : Angelich, Christian, Author. Link
  • Report from a public meeting on public and private rail transportation : Angelich, Christian, Author. Link
  • Public lands podcast: Transporting oil: Angelich, Christian, Author. Link
  • Angelich, Christian D. (2014). Financial Speak: A method to unmask neoliberal capitalism and the ideology of perpetual growth. Global Media Journal, Fall Special Issue on Neoliberal Capitalism, Link
  • Communication Studies, Media Studies Fellowship2018
  • JWG Dunn Jr. Scholarship for Research on International Peace, Institute for Global Studies2017
  • Nominated by the Communication Studies Dept. for the 2017 MAGS teaching award2017
  • Communication Studies Summer Fellowship2016
  • Gene Anderson Outstanding Teaching Award , 2013
  • Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Award , 2013