B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College
M.A. and Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Current Professional/Research Interest:
In an essay entitled "Commencement" Terry Tempest Williams writes, "In the open space of democracy, the health of the environment is seen as the wealth of our communities. We remember that our character has been shaped by the diversity of America's landscapes and it is precisely that character that will protect it." Throughout the essay Williams makes connections between the natural world and our political communities. This is the focus of my research. As an environmental communication scholar, I am interested in how nature shapes human communication and how communication shapes human relationships with nature. More specifically, I am interested in how we might use communication to help build communities that are beneficial for both humans and the non-human world. How, for instance, might we use communication to shape communities in which we rely on those in our spaces for material things, such as food, clothing, or even electricity? How, also, might we communicate in ways that help build connection and coalition, rather than division?
My research primarily explores local food, climate change, citizenship, and advocacy. The drive to find more inclusive modes of communicating about the environment connects my primary areas of focus. When studying local food, I have asked how the local food movement might be more inclusive of lower-income individuals. My work with Dr. Inabinet on sustainable advocacy seeks a new model of advocacy in a world marked by climate change and environmental devastation. It asks how we might include the concerns of those outside our immediate spatial and temporal borders. My newest research project has begun collecting the stories of climate change activists to determine what different stories are being told about the climate change movement and how those stories foster collaboration, as well as division among those who consider themselves movement members.
Through my research and teaching I aim to educate individuals as citizens. Whether teaching Introduction to Public Speaking, Research Methods, Rhetoric and Citizenship, or Environmental Communication, I try to provide knowledge and skills to my students that prepare them to participate in citizenly debates and actions. By guiding them in critical thinking, evidence usage, audience analysis, and message production, I encourage my students to voice their educated opinions about issues that matter to them. Participating in civic activities is where I am most energized, and I hope my students will one day find themselves in places important enough to them to give their time and talents. Whether in my research or pedagogy, building better communities and community dialogue is my central goal.
National Communication Association (NCA)
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Prody, J. 2017. Pedagogy as Environmental Communication: The Rhetorical Situations of the Classroom. In Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice. Eds. Tema Milstein, Mairi Pileggi, & Eric Morgan. Routledge: 24-35.
- Prody, J. “Why Alternative Twitter Accounts Matter.” CitizenCritics.org. http://citizencritics.org/2017/02/why-alternative-twitter-accounts-matter/
- Prody, J. 2015. Protesting War and Hegemonic Masculinity in Music Videos: Audioslave’s “Doesn’t Remind Me.” Women’s Studies in Communication, 38(4): 440-461.
- Prody, J. and Inabinet, B. 2014 Sustainable Advocacy: Speaking for and Before an Intergenerational Audience.” In Voices on the Environment, Eds. Dr. Jennifer Peeples and Dr. Stephen Depoe, Palgrave: 88-109.
- Prody, J. 2013. A Call for Polycultural Arguments: Critiquing the Monoculture Rhetoric of the Local Food Movement.” Argumentation and Advocacy. 50(2): 104-119.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PCA 111 Rhetoric & Public Speaking
- PCA 127 Introduction to Communication Studies
- PCA 250 Research Methods
- PCA 326 America Public Address
- PCA 334 Environmental Communication
- PCA 336 Rhetoric & Citizenship
- PCA Special Topics: Visual Rhetoric
- Environmental Communication, Food Rhetoric, Feminist Rhetoric, and Citizenship