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About Ellen E Moore

I love teaching at UW Tacoma! I appreciate the relatively small class size because it fits my preferred Socratic method of teaching that fosters critical thinking through asking appropriate and probing questions that encourages thoughtful, not rote, answers from students. In this way, I encourage students to think actively about the media system that surrounds them, as well as the society in which they live.
Since receiving my PhD in Communication from the Institute for Communication Research in 2009, I have taught a variety of classes in the Communication major at the University of Washington Tacoma. Classes include Environmental Communication, Media Ethics, Inequality and the Media, and Political Economy of the Media, as well as incoming freshman CORE courses and a graduate course in the MAIS program. In addition, I have created two new courses that focus on the environment through the lens of Communication: TCOM 310 (Contemporary Issues in Environmental Communication) and TCOM 464 (Field Methods in Communication).
My research parallels the courses I have taught at UW Tacoma. I conduct research in two areas of critical media studies: representations of the environment and representations of ethnicity. I have published articles on representations of African-Americans in the Hunger Games movie series as well as how journalism portrays the environmental justice issues of Native American groups in Washington State. My upcoming book with Palgrave (titled “Green Machine”) examines how ecological problems are portrayed in Hollywood film, and also examines the “why” of these representations. 


Present Lecturer, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington Tacoma (Spring, 2015)
  • Outstanding Teacher, from the Outstanding Student Ceremony and Recognition (OSCARS), University of Washington Tacoma (May, 2014)
  • Tacoma’s Biggest Carbon Loser, from the City of Tacoma’s Sustainable Tacoma Commission (April 8, 2014)
  • Outstanding Woman Award, University of Washington Tacoma (March, 2014)
  • Voted Extrameritorious by Interdisciplinary Arts and Science faculty, University of Washington Tacoma (2015)


  • TIAS 502, Culture and Public Problems
  • T COM 480, Political Economy of Media
  • T COM 464, Field Research Methods: Special Topics in Environmental Justice
  • T COM 444, Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the Media
  • T COM 312, Ecology, Inequality, and Popular Culture
  • T COM 310, Contemporary Issues in Environmental Communication
  • T COM 258, Children and Media
  • T COM 257, Ethical Issues in Mass Communication
  • T COM 201, Media and Society
  • T COM 101, Critical Media Literacy
  • T CORE 103, Introduction to Social Sciences: Race, Gender, Class in Popular Culture


2010 Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Communications
1998 M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville ‐ Forensic Anthropology
1992 B.A., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Anthropology

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Books (2)

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