Catherine J Bruns

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Department of Communication Studies
225 Ford Hall
224 Church St SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Environmental Communication and Advocacy, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 2017.
  • B.A.: Communication Studies-Theatre Arts, Political Science, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 2015.


  • Environmental Communication, Media Studies, Water, Community-Based Participatory Research
Courses Taught
  • COMM 4250: Environmental Communication
  • COMM 3263W: Media Literacy
  • COMM 1313W: Analysis of Argument
  • Framing the End: Analyzing Media and Meaning Making During Cape Town's Day Zero: Bruns, Catherine, Denise Voci, Stella Lemke, Franzisca Weder, Frontiers in Communication, 2020. Link
  • Sun, Sand, and Satire: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Great Barrier Reef’s Obituary: Bruns, Catherine, C. R. Schmitt, T. R. Castor, & C. S. Thomas, Lexington Books, Water, Rhetoric, and Social Justice: A Critical Confluence, 249-267, 2020.
  • Shifting Blame: Addressing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Complicated Ethical Responsibility in the Flint Water Crisis: Bruns, Catherine, B. Brunner & C. Hickerson, Oxford University Press, Cases in Public Relations: Translating Ethics into Action, 171-178, 2018.
  • Fracking for Fans: The Ethos of Promised Land: Bruns, Catherine, Carolinas Communication Annual, 32 43-58, 2016. Link