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About Richard Besel

Dr. Besel joined the Communication Studies Department in 2007. His areas of expertise include rhetorical theory, history, and criticism; environmental communication; science communication; media studies; and political communication. He is co-editor, with Dr. Jnan Blau, of Performance on Behalf of the Environment, published in 2014 by Lexington Books. A second book, co-edited with Dr. Bernard K. Duffy, titled Green Voices: Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourse, was published in 2016 by SUNY Press. In 2010, Dr. Besel was the department’s Teacher of the Year and recipient of the California Faculty Association’s Distinguished Educator Award. In 2012, Dr. Besel was recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Richard K. Simon Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship. More recently he was recipient of the 2016 College of Liberal Arts Early Career Award for Achievement in Teaching. He is a past president of the National Communication Association’s Environmental Communication Division.


Present Associate Professor, Communication Studies, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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