Catherine J. Bruns

Cate Bruns
Ph.D. Student


Catherine J. Bruns (B.A. Concordia College, M.A. James Madison University) is a PhD student in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studies media discourses of water crisis and insecurity. Her dissertation examines how climatic changes related to water scarcity impact wine culture in the Andalusia region of Spain; her MCAP involvement supports knowledge transfer at the Center for OLDest Ice Exploration (COLDEX). She currently serves on the UMN Water Council, the International Environmental Communication Association Board of Directors, and the United States Global Leadership Coalition Minnesota State Advisory Council. 

Research Interests

Water, climate change, environmental communication, media studies, community-based participatory research

Selected Publications and Presentations

Bruns, C. J. (2021). Grieving Okjökull: Discourses of the Ok glacier funeral. In H. Bødker and H. E. Morris (Eds.), Climate change and journalism: Negotiating rifts of time (pp. 121-135). Routledge.

Bruns, C. J. (2021). Pioneer Park Master Plan: Community Engagement, Part 1: Youth Engagement. Resilient Communities Project (RCP). University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy.

Bruns, C. J. (2020). Sun, sand, and satire: A rhetorical analysis of the Great Barrier Reef’s obituary. In C. R. Schmitt, T. R. Castor, & C. S. Thomas (Eds.), Water, rhetoric, and social justice: A critical confluence (pp. 249-267). Lexington Books.

Voci, D., Bruns, C. J., Weder, F., & Lemke, S. (2020). Framing the end: Analyzing media and meaning making during Cape Town’s Day Zero. Frontiers in Communication, 5(576199).