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About Ellen E Moore

I graduated from UC Berkeley and UT Knoxville in Anthropology, focusing especially on forensics. I have worked at the Smithsonian Institution and for the U.S. government recovering MIA remains from Southeast Asia. After that career as a forensic anthropologist I switched careers, attending the Institute for Communications Research and earning my PhD. I have taught at the University of Washington Tacoma since 2009 (and love it). I teach and do research in the areas of environmental communication and critical cultural studies. My book, Landscape and the Environment in Hollywood Film: the Green Machine came out in October 2017. I also have written articles on racial representations in popular culture like the Hunger Games and How to Train Your Dragon.


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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