Steve Depoe

Steve Paul Depoe , PhD

Professor - Adj Ann

Professional Summary

Stephen P. Depoe, PhD (Northwestern, 1986), is a Professor of Communication. He is currently the co-editor of a book series on Media and Environmental Communication published by Palgrave MacMillan.  He was the founding editor of ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION: A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE ( from 2007-13, and was also the founding chair of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) ( His research areas include environmental and risk communication, particularly the role of the public in environmental decision-making; and public communication. His recent work includes the co-edited volumes VOICE AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014);  NUCLEAR LEGACIES: COMMUNICATION, CONTROVERSY, AND THE U. S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX (Lexington Press, 2007) and COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING (SUNY Press, 2004). Dr. Depoe teaches courses in Environmental Communication, Communication and Sport, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Rhetorical Research Methods, and Advanced Rhetorical Theory.


PhD, Communication: Northwestern University Evanston IL, 1986 (rhetoric and public communication)

M. A., Communication : Northwestern University Evanston IL, 1984 (rhetoric and public communication)

B. A., Communication and Theatre Arts: Emporia State University Emporia KS, 1981 (Communication, English)

Research Support

Grant: #OEEF Grant 00G-035 Investigators:Depoe, Stephen 01-01-2000 -12-31-2002 Ohio Environmental Education Fund Linking Community with Environment Role:PI $49,968.00 Closed Level:State of Ohio

Abbreviated Publications

Work in Progress

Peeples, J., & Depoe, S.  Voice and Environment:  An Edited Volume.  In preparation for submission to SUNY Press.

Cox, R., & Depoe, S.  Emergence and "growth" of the field of environmental communication.  Chapter in HANDBOOK OF ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATION.  To be published by Routledge (target date 2014).

Depoe, S. Future trajectories in environmental communication.  Chapter in HANDBOOK OF ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATION.  To be published by Routledge (target date 2014).


Invited Presentations

Depoe, S. P. (04-02-2012. ) (In Press. ) Publishing your Manuscript: Tips from a Journal Editor .University of Maine, Orono, Maine. Other Institution. . Level:Regional

Depoe, S. P. (04-25-2012. ) (In Press. ) Environmental Communication: Challenges and Opportunities .Purdue University, West Lafayette IN. Other Institution. . Level:National


Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture Editor of Journal Type:Editorial Service Level:International 01-01-2007 -12-31-2013

International Environmental Communication Association President Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International 07-01-2011 -06-30-2013


environmental communication, public participation, environment, public communication, rhetoric, rhetorical theory, terrorism, political communication

Courses Taught

15-COMM-467 ENVIRONMENTAL COMM Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-401 RHETORICAL THEORY Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-401 RHETORICAL THEORY Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-801 ADVANC RHET THEORY Level:Graduate

15-COMM-401 RHETORICAL THEORY Level:Undergraduate