Collin Syfert

  • Lecturer
  • Communication Studies
  • Phone: 401.874.9847
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  • Office Location: Davis Hall, Rm 404


Collin Syfert currently teaches communication, rhetoric, persuasion, and public address at the University of Rhode Island. He is a rhetorical critic and doctoral candidate in Communication from the University of Washington, Seattle.


His research concerns the intersections of environmental health and human welfare, focusing on how environmental discourses challenge and are appropriated in public policy. His current research examines how climate scientists advocate their work while negotiating professional norms and conflicting social obligations.

He is actively engaged in building interdisciplinary learning communities that bridge the classroom, research, and civic arenas.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Communication University of Washington
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island, 2013
  • B.S., Psychology; B.A., Communication Studies, English; University of Iowa, 2008

Selected Publications

Syfert, C., & Woolley, S. Finding a Place for Deliberation and Democracy in the Manufactroversy about Climate Change. In Normative Aspects of Science Communication: Proceedings of the Fourth Summer Symposium on Science Communication.

Thesis: Visual Images and the Rhetoric of Environmental Advocacy