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


  • I am interested in environmental rhetoric, political messages, and popular culture. I have taught most of the courses in Communication Studies at NAU as well as a number of graduate level courses. I have served as advisor for over 30 MA students at NAU and well as approximately 25 MA students at Idaho State University.

Representative research and creative activity

Brant Short and Dayle Hardy-Short. “’Bless Us With Anger, Bless Us With Tears’: A Rhetorical Analysis of Bishop Gene Robinson’s 2009 Inaugural Prayer.” Journal of Communication and Religion, Spring 2014.

Brant Short, “Greenwashing to Green Advocacy: The Environmental Imperative in Organizational Rhetoric.”  In Talking Green: Exploring Contemporary Issues in Environmental Communications.  Eds. Lee Ahern and Denise Servick Bortree.  New York: Peter Lang Book, 2012, 59-78.

Brant Short, “’Conserving Not Scenery, But the Human Spirit’”:  The Environmental Oratory of Sigurd Olson.” GREEN VOICES: DEFENDING NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN AMERICAN CIVIC DISCOURSE. Eds. Bernard Duffy and Richard Besell, SUNY Press, In Press.  

Links of Interest


BA in History with Honors, Idaho State University, 1978

MA in Speech and Drama, Idaho State University, 1980

PhD in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1985