Dr. Milstein's research and teaching interests are in ecocultural and environmental communication, inter/cultural communication, interpretive and critical cultural inquiry, and inside-out transformative pedagogy.
Areas of expertise include:
Ecoculture and Communication: Environmental communication, ecocultural meaning systems and relations, ecopedagogy, ecotourism, transformative discourses
Culture and Communication: Inter/cultural communication, cultural constraints and cultivations, cultural discourses and ideologies, sojourning and self-efficacy
Methodology: Ethnographic fieldwork, participant observation, cultural and critical discourse and textual analysis, community-based participatory action
The majority of my current research explores how communication as a cultural force shapes perceptions and practices of human relations with/in/as nature. Questions I am interested in include:
I’m currently working on several research projects, including:
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Donal Carbaugh, Donna Haraway, Val Plumwood, Arturo Escobar, bell hooks, Michel Foucault, Stuart Hall, Norman Fairclough, etc.
I strive for a highly interactive and experiential pedagogy that engages students in transformative learning. I call my approach the inside-out classroom, in which the focus is helping students root course learning in their inner queries and passions and extend course knowledge into betterment of their lives, work, communities, and biosphere. I am a believer in learning through immersion and engagement and often integrate field studies and research service learning.
2016 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Tasmania, Australia
2015-2017 Presidential Teaching Fellow, University of New Mexico
2012 Fulbright Senior Scholar, New Zealand
2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of New Mexico
2013 & 2009 Christine L. Oravec Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Environmental Communication, National Communication Association
2013 Critics Choice Book Award (chapter author), American Educational Studies Association
Top Papers in Environmental Communication:
- 2017 & 2012, International Communication Association
- 2010 & 2006, National Communication Association
- 2011, Western States Communication Association
Sustainability Studies Program
Geography & Environmental Studies Department
Water Resources Program
I enjoy and value the diversity of students at UNM. Why New Mexico? Rich and mixed ecocultural heritage; red and green chile and autumn smells of chile roasting; acequias; winter smells of piñon, juniper, and cedar smoke; hot air balloons; wild mountains and wildlife; desert rains and lightening storms; snowboarding on powder under a giant blue sky without a jacket, etc.
Being with my sweet family, edible permaculture gardening, being outdoors, yoga, snowboarding, travel, finding wild clean waters in which to soak my soul.
Past and/or current service includes:
Departmental level: PhD program director, graduate program associate director, executive committee, web site committee chair, intercultural engagement committee, faculty mentoring committee, etc.
University level: Lobo Gardens on-campus community food gardens board, Collaborative for Foodshed Development board, pedagogy workshops leader, campus graduate orientation faculty speaker, book publishing panel organizer, Women Studies Program executive board member, etc.
Disciplinary level: International Ecolinguistics Association steering committee; International Communication Association board member; National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar faculty leader; editorial board member of several journals; book proposal, grant proposal, journal manuscript, and conference paper/panel reviewer, etc.
Interdisciplinary level: Washington DC Fulbright peer reviewer for New Zealand and Australia applications, pro bono consultant to environmental groups and documentaries, Advisory Board member for Sonar, Connecting Community Voices board member, trainer/workshop leader for marine tour naturalists, Sierra Club Town Hall Panel Moderator on Climate disruption, Ecocultural Communication Facebook group.