Joshua Trey Barnett

Assistant Professor
Communication Arts and Sciences
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Joshua Trey Barnett studies the rhetoric of earthly coexistence. How, he asks, do we come to feel and to know that we are part of – and not apart from – the earth that bore and sustains us? Professor Barnett’s first book, Mourning in the Anthropocene: Ecological Grief and Earthly Coexistence (Michigan State University Press, 2022), uncovers the rhetorical practices that set ecological grief into motion and illuminates pathways to a more connected, caring earthly coexistence. Mourning in the Anthropocene won the 2022 Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication from the National Communication Association. His essays appear in several leading rhetoric and environmental humanities journals, including the Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public AffairsEnvironmental Communication, and Ethics & the Environment. For his scholarship, Professor Barnett has received the 2022 Karl R. Wallace Memorial and the 2021 Early Career Award from the National Communication Association.

Joshua Barnett