Assistant Professor, Communications Studies

Furman Hall 123

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      I study extended controversies and public debates, especially in the early U.S. These include themes of banking and agriculture, civility and propriety, and virtue and wealth.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      My research speaks to sustainability in a broader sense, mostly, but also in a narrower sense. On a broad level, I research the discursive norms of debate that make continued argument and discussion sustainable in the public sphere. On a narrow level, I have also studied matters of risk communication, Greenwashing and advocacy, and the relationship of science and ethics in debate, mostly for use in the classroom.

  • Center-funded research projects

      Sustainable Citizenship and Advocacy Education

      In teaching Furman's Advocacy course, Dr. Inabinet realized a gap in the literature–sustainable advocacy and how to teach it. The Sustainable Citizenship project takes concepts from Communication Studies regarding civic education and retools them to fit a philosophy of sustainability. The final research and article examines the results of teaching students civic advocacy centered on sustainability, testing especially students' attitudes toward sustainability.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • Introduction to Rhetoric
      • Communication Ethics
      • Advocacy
      • Argumentation

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