Dr. James Spartz
Assistant Professor of Environmental Communications/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities
James teaches several core courses in the Environmental Writing and Media Studies major. His research interests include understanding the role of place in environmental communication, including new and traditional media effects in public opinion formation around sustainability issues, land use, and discourses of transition in the Anthropocene.
As a graduate of the Mass Communication Ph.D. program of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication, James has experience in communications research, theory, and practice. He expanded his interests in the communicative aspects of human dimensions of natural resources management through a dissertation project on public perceptions of bioenergy in a mixed-use landscape, including framing effects, trusted sources of information, and place attachment and information-seeking in southwest Wisconsin.
Having taught introductory communications and science writing courses while a graduate student at UW-Madison, James also served as a Public Affairs Specialist years at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, the national R&D lab of the U.S. Forest Service. In that role, he worked as a science writer, press liaison, and social media pro. He holds an M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.