Publications

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics examines the intersection of climate skepticism and Christianity and proposes strategies for engaging climate skeptics in productive conversations. Read my write-up of the book's main arguments in The Conversation.


-Book of the Year, Argumentation and Forensics Division, National Communication Association

-Outstanding Book Award, Spiritual Communication Division, National Communication Association

-Book Award Honorable Mention, Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine, National Communication Association

-Reviewed in Argumentation & Advocacy

-Reviewed in The International Journal of Communication

-Reviewed in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture


Rather than thinking of religious skeptics as a single unified group, this work breaks skeptics down into three main types: "separators," "bargainers," and "harmonizers." The book questions monolithic understandings of climate skepticism and considers how competing narratives such as religion, economics, and politics play a role in climate communication. This book provides both a theoretical examination of the rhetoric of religious climate skeptics and concrete strategies for engaging the religious community in conversations about the environment.


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Selected publications

For a full list of publications, please see my CV. Feel free to reach out via email (Emma.Bloomfield@unlv.edu) for copies of any of my publications.

Analysis of storytelling opportunities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Summaries for Policymakers in Climatic Change

Multimethodological analysis of a climate skeptic Facebook group's use of hyperrationality and ideological arguments in Technical Communication Quarterly

Analysis of biography collections of women scientists using themes of space and place in Women's Studies in Communication

Analysis of nuclear experts' perceptions of public-technical relationships and their role as scientist citizens in Frontiers in Science and Environmental Communication

*Winner of the 2022 Innovations in Nuclear Energy Award in the Energy Policy category awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy

Analysis of the eco-horror film mother! about its representation of environmental catastrophe in Environmental Communication

Analysis of the public memory sites in Dayton, Tennessee commemorating the Scopes Monkey Trial in American Behavioral Scientist

Analysis of the metaphor of "Energy Darwinism" and how it restricts environmental ways of thinking in Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

*2020 Article of the Year Honorable Mention from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Analysis of the strategies used to spread misinformation about climate change online in Environmental Communication

Analysis of intimacy-building in small group climate change deliberations in Science Communication

*Winner of the 2021 Dennis Gouran Research Award from the Group Communication Division of NCA

*Honorable Mention for the 2021 Article of the Year from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine

*Featured in SciCommBites

Ch. 12: The reworking of Evangelical Christian ecocultural identity in the creation care movement

*The Handbook won the 2020 Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award from the Environmental Communication Division

Ch. 14: mother! and the horror of environmental abuse

Ch. 43: Arguments of a new virtual religion: How Athenism "clicks" new members and reimagines the mind-body dualism

Analysis of experimental survey about different types of environmental storytelling in Communication Studies

Analysis of technical deliberations about Anthropocene origins stories in Environmental Communication

Analysis of the apocalyptic arguments in the Ark Encounter, a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark in the Southern Communication Journal