Peter Friederici, M.S.
Director, MA in Sustainable Communities
Professor, School of Communication
Research and academic interests
As an award-winning journalist specializing in science and environmental stories, Peter is interested in how complex and important topics are communicated through today’s media. His writing, teaching and research focus on exploring connections between people and the environment, and on ensuring that the reporting and analysis involved in such stories are accurate, compelling and relevant.
Peter is on sabbatical during 2019-2020.
• COM 540 Introduction to Science Communication
• COM 542 Ethics and Strategies in Science Communication
• COM 545 Writing Science
• FYS 121 First-year Seminar: Understanding Risk
• SUS 601 Visions of Sustainable Communities
• 1991 M.S., Environmental Education with focus in environmental writing, Audubon Expedition Institute/Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• 1985 B.A., Comparative Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; graduated Phi Beta Kappa
• 1983–1984 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany (Wayne State University Study Abroad Program)
Recent research and creative activity
- Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land. 2017. Exhibit on the legacy of uranium mining in Northern Arizona. Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff.
- Friederici, P. 2017. “Private Memories of Public Precipitation: Gathering and Assessing Ecological Oral Histories in an Era of Climate Change,” pp. 35-47 in The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History. Oxford University Press.
- A Thousand Invisible Cords: From Genes to Ecosystems.
- What Has Passed and What Remains. Multimedia oral history exhibit at the Pioneer Museum, Flagstaff.
- What Has Passed and What Remains: Oral Histories of Northern Arizona’s Changing Landscapes (University of Arizona Press, 2010).
- Nature’s Restoration: People and Places on the Front Lines of Conservation
- “Fifteen Ways of Seeing the Light,” in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004, ed. P. Zaleski (Houghton Mifflin)