Brant Short, PhD

Brant Short Professor, Associate Director of the School of Communication and Director of Graduate Studies
Northern Arizona University
Communication Studies
Blg COM 16 Rm #349
Phone: 928-523-4701

Research and teaching interests

My primary teaching interests include rhetoric, political discourse, public communication, conflict management, organizational communication, and research methods. My research interests include the study of environmental communication in the context of public debates over wildfire, wolf recovery, and public policy.  I am also interested in political communication, especially the rhetorical presidency.

Courses offered

COM 200 Communication Theory
CST 111 Fundamental of Public Speaking
CST 201 Introduction to Research in Speech Communication
CST 311 Advanced Presentational Techniques
CST 365 Communication and Contemporary Affairs
CST 472 Organizational Communication
CST 477 Mediation and Conflict Management
CST 465 American Political Communication
COM 601 Introduction to Research Methods
COM 698 Seminar in Communication Theory.

Representative research and creative activity

“Conservation Reconsidered: The Reagan Revolution and Environmental History.”  In Green Talk: The Rhetorical Presidency Meets Ecology.  Ed. Tarla Peterson, Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2004, 134-153.

(with Dayle Hardy-Short), “‘Physicians of the Forest’: A Rhetorical Critique of the Bush Administration’s Healthy Forest Initiative.”  In The Electronic Green Journal, v. 19 December 2003

Ronald Reagan and the Public Lands: America's Conservation Debate, 1979-1984 Texas A&M University Press, 1989.   

Links of Interest 


PhD, Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1985
MS, Speech Communication, Idaho State University, 1980
BA, History, Idaho State University, 1978