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Department of Communication

Dr. Brian Cozen

Dr. Brian Cozen

California State University, Fresno 
Department of Communication 
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46 
Fresno, CA  93740-8027

Office: SA 35
Phone: 559.278.2826 | Fax: 559.278.4113 
email | vitae 

Position: Assistant Professor (as of August 2017)
Education: Ph.D., University of Utah

Interests: Environmental Communication; Rhetorical Criticism; Energy Communication; Mobility Studies; Participatory Critical Rhetoric

Dr. Cozen joins the Department of Communication in August 2017. Dr. Cozen arrives from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in Rhetorical Studies. Dr. Cozen’s research examines how communication mediates human-environment relationships, particularly in relation to energy practice. This research focus ranges from analyzing the television show Revolution and its collaboration with the United Nations’ energy access campaigns to interviews with nuclear energy professionals. His work can be found in Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Theory, and Environmental Communication, among others. Dr. Cozen will be teaching courses in environmental communication and rhetoric, and is especially excited to teach pressing ecological issues in his home state of California.

Recent Publications:

Cozen, B. (2017). Facting fiction: Revolution, the United Nations, and cultural politics of electricity. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Online First.


Endres, D., Cozen, B., Barnett, J. T., O’Byrne, M., & Peterson, T. R. (2016). Communicating energy in a climate (of) crisis. In E. L. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (pp. 419 –448). New York, NY: Routledge.

Select Courses:

Communication Criticism

Environmental Communication

Rhetorical Theory