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About Derek Moscato

Moscato's research focuses on the intersection of strategic communication, environmental media, and public diplomacy. He completed his PhD at the University of Oregon, where he examined environmental activism and global resources extraction issues through the lenses of media, communication, and corporate social responsibility. 
He currently teaches public relations and journalism classes at Western. Previously, he taught at Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication and Douglas College's Professional Writing Program. His professional experience includes senior public relations roles with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the BC Lung Association; and editorial columnist/contributor roles with Metro, The Province, TheStreet, BC Business, and the South China Morning Post. 


Present Assistant Professor, Western Washington University Department of Journalism
20132016 Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon ‐ School of Journalism and Communication
20102013 Director of Marketing and Communication, Simon Fraser University ‐ Beedie School of Business

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Oregon, School of Journalism (2017)
  • Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society for Journalism and Mass Communication (2017)
  • Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication Project Grant in Communication and Sustainability (co-recipient with Kim Sheehan, 2015-2016)
  • Outstanding PhD Teaching Award, University of Oregon, School of Journalism (2014-2015)
  • Columbia Scholarship, University of Oregon (2013-2016)
  • General University Scholarship, University of Oregon (2014-2015)


2017 Ph.D., University of Oregon ‐ Department of Media Studies
1996 MS, University of Kansas ‐ Department of Journalism
1994 B.A., University of Western Ontario ‐ Department of History

Contact Information

Department of Journalism
Communications Facility 271
Bellingham, WA 98225-9161
Phone: 360-650-7203


Recent Works (2)

Research: Publications (7)

Research: Refereed Conference Papers (13)