Elizabeth Dickinson, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Dickinson

Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Instructor, Fischler College of Education, Nova Southeastern University
Assist. Professor of Communication, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3621


Area(s) of Research

My primary research area is environmental/ecocultural communication. As a social scientist, I use qualitative, rhetorical, and critical methods and approaches, including textual analysis, participant observation, observation, interviewing, rhetorical criticism, ethnography, and critical methods. My specific areas of research include eco-theory and philosophy; environmental education; environmental consumerism; space, place, and landscape; ecocultural dialectics; epistemologies of science, politics, and economics; environmental conflict; state and national parks and forests; environmental justice; and ecofeminism. In my research area of culture and communication, I research issues in intercultural communication; critical theories of culture; gender; and how cultural ideologies are produced, consumed, performed, and resisted through communication.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Understanding. Challenge. Collaboration. Respect. My largest goal is to establish a space (virtual or otherwise) where students can venture to learn while feeling challenged, respected, appreciated, safe, and enlightened. I do not believe in education by shame or strictly rote learning; a classroom is not just a physical place and learning should not center on acquiring facts. Classrooms and knowledge are mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual sites where students can challenge themselves through scholarship and application with and through their peers and instructor. Learning can be rewarding and enjoyable and developing a constructive learning environment is integral to achieving this objective.

Dickinson, E. (forthcoming, 2013). The misdiagnosis: Rethinking "nature-deficit disorder." Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.

Milstein, T., & Dickinson, E. (forthcoming). Gynocentric greenwashing: The discursive gendering of nature. Communication, Culture & Critique.

McKinnon, S., Dickinson, E., Chavez, K., & Carr, J. (forthcoming). Kiva.org, person-to person lending, and the conditions of intercultural contact. Howard Journal of Communications.

Dickinson, E. (2012). (Re)appropriating the petroglyphs: Commercial representations of a cultural landscape. Journal of Consumer Culture12(2), 1-20.View entire paper

Dickinson, E., Foss, K. A., & Chen, Y.-W. (2012). Disrupting polarization in discourses of terrorism, the environment, and race: The generative possibilities of dialectical innovation. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(14). View entire paper.

Dickinson, E. (2012). Addressing environmental racism through storytelling: Toward an
environmental justice narrative framework. Communication, Culture & Critique,5(1), 57-74. View entire paper.

Lutgen-Sandvik, P., Dickinson, E., & Foss, K. A. (2012). Painting, priming, peeling, and polishing: Constructing and deconstructing the woman-bullying-woman identity at work. In S. Fox, & T. R. Lituchy (Eds.), Gender and the dysfunctional workplace (pp. 61-77) . Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Dickinson, E. (2011). Displaced in nature: The cultural production of (non-)place in place-based forest conservation pedagogy. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 5(3), 300-319. View entire paper.

Milstein, T., A nguiano, C., Sandoval, J., Chen, Y.-W., & Dickinson, E. (2011). Communicating a "new" environmental vernacular: A sense of relations-in-place.Communication Monographs, 78(4), 486-519. View entire paper

Dickinson, E. (2009). The Montana meth project: Applying Burke's dramatistic pentad to a persuasive anti-drug media campaign. Communication Teacher, 23(3), 126-131.

Dickinson, E. (2009). Simulation and media. In S. W. Littlejohn & K. A. Foss (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Communication Theory (pp. 885-887). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dickinson, E. (2008).[Review of the book Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature.]Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy4(1), 118-121.

Under Revision and Under Review

Carr, J., Dickinson, E., McKinnon, S., & Chávez, K. (revise/resubmit). Kiva's flat, flat world: The a-spatiality of microcredit in cyberspace. Social & Cultural Geography.

Dickinson, E. (under review). Ecocultural schizophrenia: Dialectical environmental discourses and practices. Communication, Culture & Critique.

In Process (Working Papers and Projects)

Dickinson, E. (final writing stage). Transhuman conversations: Mediation and interruption in ecocultural contexts. For submission to Western Journal of Communication

Dickinson, E. (writing stage). Communicating (scientific) sustainability in the No Child Left Inside Act (a project funded by Salem College). For submission toEnvironmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture

Dickinson, E. (writing stage). The Misdiagnosis. For submission to Orion Magazine

Dickinson, E., & Chen, Y.-W. (conceptualization stage). An analysis of intercultural communication and relationships between au pairs and host families

Dickinson, E. (conceptualization stage). Inter(eco)cultural communication: Making room for nature in intercultural communication research

Dickinson, E., & Foss, K. (conceptualization stage). An analysis of placenta consumption and rights