Catherine J. Bruns

Ph.D. Candidate


Catherine J. Bruns (B.A. Concordia College, M.A. James Madison University) is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studies media discourses of water scarcity. Her dissertation examines stakeholder communication surrounding climate adaptation in the Andalucía, Spain, wine community; 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).