Dr. James T. Spartz

Associate Professor of Environmental Communication

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Dr. Spartz teaches core courses in the Environmental Writing and Media Studies major. His teaching and research interests include understanding the role of place in environmental communication, new (and old) media effects on public opinion and sustainability issues, perceptions of land use change, and discourses of transition in the Anthropocene. His work has been published in Environmental Communication, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Biomass & Bioenergy, Resilience, and Hawk & Handsaw.

As a graduate of the Mass Communication Ph.D. program of the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Life Sciences Communication, Spartz has experience in communications research, theory, and practice. While a graduate student, Spartz also served as a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory — the national R&D lab of the U.S. Forest Service — where he worked as a science writer, press liaison, and social media pro.

Spartz holds an M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Prior to graduate school, he was a worker-owner an organic whole-grains bakery co-op, hardware store sales associate, social worker, and performing songwriter – but not all at once.