Jodi Cohen

Jodi Cohen

Emerita Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences


I was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. After one year at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, I left college for the Rocky Mountain High of Colorado. I was seeking adventure not a college degree. Nevertheless, not long after arriving, I enrolled in a few evening courses, part-time at Colorado State University. The professors, the books, and the conversations only enhanced my adventures. The world opened for me at this time, for I became aware of how much I did not know. It was an exciting time and I wanted it to last forever. It has. It was those many years ago that I fell easily into the pleasures of learning, traveling, and teaching.

After years of graduate study, tenure, and promotion -- the stages of a professor's life -- I continue the adventure. I love the culture of Ithaca, NY, but also pursue cultures around the world. Being a professor allows me to read and write, and best of all, spend my days learning with students who are in that exciting "Colorado-time" of their lives. I know that I can help them make it last forever, if only they will come to know how much we do not know.

Presently Teaching:

  • Language, Thought, and Power
  • The Uses and Methods of Criticism
  • Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric
  • Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric
  • Public Communication

Research Interests

  • Critical and qualitative studies of communication texts and audiences
  • Environmental Communication
  • Public communication and democracy
  • *See curriculum vitae for publications


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