Tema Milstein

Associate Professor of Environment & Society; Convenor, Master of Environmental Management Program
Associate Professor

Tema Milstein's research and teaching focus on the intersections of culture, discourse, and ecological relations. Her research interests span the globe and focus on ecocultural meaning systems and communication, ecocultural identity, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, ecocultural activism, and ecoculture jamming. She also has an interest in ecopedagogy, and is co-editor of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice (Routledge, 2017) and served as her former institution's University Presidential Teaching Fellow. Milstein has taught at universities in Australia, the United States, Italy, China, and New Zealand. Before coming to UNSW, she was an associate professor of Geography & Environmental Studies and Environmental Communication at the University of New Mexico, USA. In her former professional life, she was a newspaper and public radio journalist.

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Publications

Book Chapters
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Cerulli T; Milstein T, 2018, '“Fellow hunters” and “humans of the ocean:” Identity and relations across species', in Engaging and Transforming Global Communication Through Cultural Discourse Analysis A Tribute to Donal Carbaugh, Fairleigh Dickinson University, pp. 163 - 184
2018
2018, '“Fellow hunters” and “humans of the ocean:” Identity and relations across species', in , Fairleigh Dickinson University, pp. 163 - 184
2018
Milstein T; Alhinai M; Castro J; Griego S; Hoffmann J; Parks MM; Siebert M; Thomas M, 2017, 'Breathing life into learning: Ecocultural pedagogy and the inside-out classroom', in Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, pp. 45 - 61,
2017
Milstein T; Pileggi M; Morgan E, 2017, 'Introducing environmental communication pedagogy and practice', in Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, pp. 1 - 8,
2017
Milstein T; Griego S, 2017, 'Environmental privilege walk: Unpacking the invisible knapsack', in Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, pp. 212 - 216,
2017
2017, 'Introducing environmental communication pedagogy and practice', in , pp. 1 - 8,
2017
2017, 'From the Source (featured scholar)', in Littlejohn S; Foss K; Oetzel J (ed.), , Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL
2017
2017, 'Breathing life into learning: Ecocultural pedagogy and the inside-out classroom', in , pp. 45 - 61,
2017
2017, 'Environmental privilege walk: Unpacking the invisible knapsack', in , pp. 212 - 216,
2017
Milstein T, 2017, 'From the Source (featured scholar)', in Littlejohn S; Foss K; Oetzel J (ed.), Theories of Human Communication, Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL
2017
2013, 'Banging on the divide: Cultural reflection and refraction at the zoo', in , pp. 162 - 181,
2013
Milstein T, 2013, 'Banging on the divide: Cultural reflection and refraction at the zoo', in Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: Internatural Communication, pp. 162 - 181,
2013
2012, 'Greening communication', in , pp. 161 - 173,
2012
Milstein T, 2012, 'Greening communication', in Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts, pp. 161 - 173,
2012
2009, 'Calling all artists: Moving climate change from my space to my place', in , Cambria Press, pp. 53 - 80
2009
Milstein T, 2009, 'Environmental communication theories', in Littlejohn S; Foss K (ed.), Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 344 - 349
2009
Sprain L; Norton T; Milstein T, 2009, 'Step It Up! and image politics in the Pacific Northwest', in Social Movement to Address Climate Change Local Steps for Global Action, Cambria Press, pp. 281 - 308
2009
Hall D; Bernacchi L; Milstein T; Peterson TR, 2009, 'Calling all artists: Moving climate change from my space to my place', in Social Movement to Address Climate Change Local Steps for Global Action, Cambria Press, pp. 53 - 80
2009
2009, 'Environmental communication theories', in Littlejohn S; Foss K (ed.), , SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 344 - 349
2009
2009, 'Step It Up! and image politics in the Pacific Northwest', in , Cambria Press, pp. 281 - 308
2009
Milstein T, 2007, 'Human communication’s effects on relationships with animals', in Bekoff M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships [4 Volumes]: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, pp. 1044 - 1054
2007
2007, 'Human communication’s effects on relationships with animals', in Bekoff M (ed.), , Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, pp. 1044 - 1054
2007
Howard P; Milstein T, 2004, 'Spiders, spam, and spyware: New media and the market for political information', in Internet Research Annual Selected Papers from the Association of Internet Researchers Conferences 2000-2002, Peter Lang, pp. 18 - 26
2004
2004, 'Spiders, spam, and spyware: New media and the market for political information', in , Peter Lang, pp. 18 - 26
2004
Edited Books
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Milstein T; Pileggi M; Morgan E, 2017, Environmental communication pedagogy and practice,
2017
2017, Environmental communication pedagogy and practice,
2017
Journal articles
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Milstein T; Thomas M; Hoffmann J, 2019, 'Dams and Flows: Immersing in Western Meaning Systems in Search of Ecocultural Reflexivity', Environmental Communication, vol. 13, pp. 104 - 117,
2019
Carr J; Milstein T, 2018, 'Keep Burning Coal or the Manatee Gets It: Rendering the Carbon Economy Invisible through Endangered Species Protection', Antipode, vol. 50, pp. 82 - 100,
2018
2018, 'Keep Burning Coal or the Manatee Gets It: Rendering the Carbon Economy Invisible through Endangered Species Protection', Antipode, vol. 50, pp. 82 - 100,
2018
Castro-Sotomayor J; Hoffmann J; Parks M; Siebert M; Thomas M; Milstein T, 2018, 'Embodying education: Performing environmental meanings, knowledges, and transformations', Journal of Sustainability Education,
2018
2018, 'Embodying education: Performing environmental meanings, knowledges, and transformations', Journal of Sustainability Education
2018
2017, '“Tree Is Life”: The Rising of Dualism and the Declining of Mutualism among the Gedeo of Southern Ethiopia', Frontiers in Communication, vol. 2,
2017
Debelo AR; Legesse A; Milstein T; Oda O, 2017, '“Tree Is Life”: The Rising of Dualism and the Declining of Mutualism among the Gedeo of Southern Ethiopia', Frontiers in Communication, vol. 2,
2017
2016, 'The Performer Metaphor: Mother Nature Never Gives Us the Same Show Twice', Environmental Communication, vol. 10, pp. 227 - 248,
2016
Milstein T, 2016, 'The Performer Metaphor: Mother Nature Never Gives Us the Same Show Twice', Environmental Communication, vol. 10, pp. 227 - 248,
2016
2015, 'Culture Jam Pedagogy and Practice: Relocating Culture by Staying on One's Toes', Communication, Culture and Critique, vol. 8, pp. 395 - 413,
2015
Milstein T; Pulos A, 2015, 'Culture Jam Pedagogy and Practice: Relocating Culture by Staying on One's Toes', Communication, Culture and Critique, vol. 8, pp. 395 - 413,
2015
Milstein T, 2013, 'Communicating 'normalcy' in Israel: Intra/intercultural paradox and interceptions in tourism discourse', Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, vol. 11, pp. 73 - 91,
2013
2013, 'Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World', DISCOURSE & SOCIETY, vol. 24, pp. 504 - 506,
2013
Milstein T, 2013, 'Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World', DISCOURSE & SOCIETY, vol. 24, pp. 504 - 506,
2013
2012, 'Gynocentric Greenwashing: The Discursive Gendering of Nature', Communication, Culture & Critique, vol. 5, pp. 510 - 532,
2012
Milstein T; Kroløkke C, 2012, 'Transcorporeal tourism: Whales, fetuses, and the rupturing and reinscribing of cultural constraints', Environmental Communication, vol. 6, pp. 82 - 100,
2012
2012, 'Survive, critique, and create: Guiding radical pedagogy and critical public scholarship with the discursive guideposts of ecopedagogy', Green Theory and Praxis Journal, vol. 6, pp. 3 - 16
2012
2012, 'Connecting Community Voices: Using a Latino/a Critical Race Theory Lens on Environmental Justice Advocacy', Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, vol. 5, pp. 124 - 143,
2012
Anguiano C; Milstein T; de Larkin I; Chen YW; Sandoval J, 2012, 'Connecting Community Voices: Using a Latino/a Critical Race Theory Lens on Environmental Justice Advocacy', Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, vol. 5, pp. 124 - 143,
2012
Chen YW; Milstein T; Anguiano C; Sandoval J; Knudsen L, 2012, 'Challenges and benefits of community-based participatory research for environmental justice: A case of collaboratively examining ecocultural struggles', Environmental Communication, vol. 6, pp. 403 - 421,
2012
Milstein T, 2012, 'Survive, critique, and create: Guiding radical pedagogy and critical public scholarship with the discursive guideposts of ecopedagogy', Green Theory and Praxis Journal, vol. 6, pp. 3 - 16
2012
Milstein T; Dickinson E, 2012, 'Gynocentric Greenwashing: The Discursive Gendering of Nature', Communication, Culture & Critique, vol. 5, pp. 510 - 532,
2012
Milstein T, 2011, 'Nature identification: The power of pointing and naming', Environmental Communication, vol. 5, pp. 3 - 24,
2011
Peterson JC; Milstein T; Chen YW; Nakazawa M, 2011, 'Self-Efficacy in Intercultural Communication: The Development and Validation of a Sojourners' Scale', Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, vol. 4, pp. 290 - 309,
2011
Milstein T; Anguiano C; Sandoval J; Chen YW; Dickinson E, 2011, 'Communicating a "new" environmental vernacular: A sense of relations-in-place', Communication Monographs, vol. 78, pp. 486 - 510,
2011
2011, 'Self-Efficacy in Intercultural Communication: The Development and Validation of a Sojourners' Scale', Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, vol. 4, pp. 290 - 309,
2011
Milstein T, 2009, '"Somethin' Tells Me It's All Happening at the Zoo": Discourse, Power, and Conservationism', ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE, vol. 3, pp. 25 - 48,
2009
2009, 'Oppositional Discourse in Israeli Media: Reflections of Multiple Cultural Identities in Coverage of the Rabin-Arafat Handshake', HOWARD JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 20, pp. 353 - 369,
2009
Milstein T; Manusov V, 2009, 'Oppositional Discourse in Israeli Media: Reflections of Multiple Cultural Identities in Coverage of the Rabin-Arafat Handshake', HOWARD JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 20, pp. 353 - 369,
2009
2008, 'The nature inside our heads: Exploring possibilities for widespread cultural paradigm shifts about nature', Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture
2008
Milstein T, 2008, 'The nature inside our heads: Exploring possibilities for widespread cultural paradigm shifts about nature', Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture,
2008
Milstein T, 2008, 'When Whales "Speak for Themselves'': Communication as a Mediating force in Wildlife Tourism', ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE, vol. 2, pp. 173 - 192,
2008
Manusov V; Milstein T, 2005, 'Interpreting nonverbal behavior: Representation and transformation frames in Israeli and Palestinian media coverage of the 1993 Rabin-Arafat handshake', Western Journal of Communication, vol. 69, pp. 183 - 201,
2005
Milstein T, 2005, 'Transformation abroad: Sojourning and the perceived enhancement of self-efficacy', International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 29, pp. 217 - 238,
2005
2005, 'Interpreting nonverbal behavior: Representation and transformation frames in Israeli and Palestinian media coverage of the 1993 Rabin-Arafat handshake', Western Journal of Communication, vol. 69, pp. 183 - 201,
2005
2005, 'Digital technology and the market for political surveillance', Surveillance and Society, vol. 3, pp. 59 - 73
2005
Howard PN; Carr JN; Milstein TJ, 2005, 'Digital technology and the market for political surveillance', Surveillance and Society, vol. 3, pp. 59 - 73
2005
Media
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Milstein T; Siebert M, 2018, Icelandic ecocultural methodologies: Interviewing in hot pots and kitchens, gleaning environmental perceptions and practices,
2018
2018, Icelandic ecocultural methodologies: Interviewing in hot pots and kitchens, gleaning environmental perceptions and practices
2018
Siebert M; Milstein T, 2017, Internatural wayfinding: Embodied ecocultural research through yogic postures in place,
2017
2017, Internatural wayfinding: Embodied ecocultural research through yogic postures in place
2017
Milstein T, 2016, Is nature really the greatest show on Earth?, Center for Humans & Nature,
2016
2016, Is nature really the greatest show on Earth?, Center for Humans & Nature
2016
Milstein T, 2015, From SeaWorld to the wild, a nature-as-performer metaphor holds sway, International Environmental Communication Association/Taylor & Francis,
2015
2015, From SeaWorld to the wild, a nature-as-performer metaphor holds sway, International Environmental Communication Association/Taylor & Francis
2015
Reports
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2010, Hispanic environmental meanings and messages: Report to Conservation Voters of New Mexico and The Wilderness Society on research findings of the Connecting Community Voices study, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2010
Milstein T; Anguiano C; Chen YW; Sandoval J, 2010, Hispanic environmental meanings and messages: Report to Conservation Voters of New Mexico and The Wilderness Society on research findings of the Connecting Community Voices study, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2010