Ellen Moore, Ph.D.

University of Illinois
Forensic Anthropology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of California, Berkeley

I love teaching at UW Tacoma! I appreciate the relatively small class size because it fits my preferred Socratic method of teaching that fosters critical thinking through asking appropriate and probing questions that encourages thoughtful, not rote, answers from students. In this way, I encourage students to think actively about the media system that surrounds them, as well as the society in which they live.
Since receiving my PhD in Communication from the Institute for Communication Research in 2010, I have taught a variety of classes in the Communication major at the University of Washington Tacoma. Classes include:

• Ecology, Inequality, and Popular Culture (TCOM 312, new course)
• Critical Media Literacy (TCOM 101, new course)
• Contemporary Issues in Environmental Communication (TCOM 310, new course)
• Media Ethics (TCOM 257)
• Gender Ethnicity Class and the Media (TCOM 444)
• Political Economy of the Media (TCOM 380)
• Field Methods in Communication (TCOM 464, new course)
• incoming freshman CORE courses
• graduate courses in the MAIS program (TIAS 502 and TIAS 503)

My research closely parallels the courses I have created and taught at UW Tacoma. My latest book – Journalism, Politics, and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock and the Framing of Injustice (Routledge, 2019) explores the #NODAPL movement through the lens of environmental justice. Focused on framing research and interviews with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the book is a natural progression from my environmental communication course TCOM 310. My first book – Landscape and the Environment in Hollywood Film: the Green Machine (Palgrave, 2017) – makes a clear case for considering ecological issues as a key part of intersectionality in cultural studies. It was from the ideas in this book that my new course (TCOM 312) was created.


• Chair and Steering Committee Member of the Environmental Education Community of Interest in partnership
with the Puyallup Watershed Initiative (2017-present)
• Commissioner with the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, a part of the City of Tacoma (2014-2016).
• Faculty Fellow, University of Washington (2018, 2019)

Honors and Awards

• McKinstry Champion of Sustainability Scholarship (2019)
• Distinguished Teaching Award 2015
• Distinguished Research Award (nominated) (January 2014)
• Distinguished Leadership Award (nominated) (January 2014)
• Outstanding Woman Award, University of Washington Tacoma (March, 2014)
• Outstanding Teacher award, from the Outstanding Student Ceremony and Recognition (OSCARS), University of Washington Tacoma (2014)
• Tacoma’s Biggest Carbon Loser, from the City of Tacoma’s Sustainable Tacoma Commission (April 8, 2014)
• International Provost Grants (awarded), 2013-14 UW Faculty-led Study Abroad
• Voted Extrameritorious by Interdisciplinary Arts and Science faculty (June 2012)
• List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois (2006, 2007 and 2009)
• Pollsters and Parishioners: Survey Workshop on American Religion and Politics, Grant, Henry Institute, Calvin College (2009)
• Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Three-year Fellowship (2000-2003)