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Assistant Professor of Communication

Areas of Expertise:

  • American Environmental/Wilderness Campaigns
  • Native American Mascot Controversy
  • Urban Legends: How they develop and why we tell them
  • American Frontier Oratory
  • Rhetoric and Religion
  • Activism
  • Social media


Casey R. Schmitt teaches rhetoric and communication, with a personal research focus in environmental narrative, ecological debate, and ethnographic fieldwork, especially in stories of wilderness and natural spaces.

His secondary research includes the social import of American folk narrative and popular culture. He is the author of 12 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and is currently preparing his first full-length book on environmental communication.

Schmitt earned a Ph.D. in communication arts with a focus in rhetoric, politics and culture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. He also has a master’s degree in folklore from the University of Oregon.

Outside research and teaching, Schmitt is a frequent writer and editor, having served in editorial positions for several academic journals, including New Directions in Folklore, the Oral History Review, and Western Folklore. From 2014-2015 he also served as the communications specialist for the Wisconsin Department for Natural Resources Waste and Materials Management Program. He is an active member of the National Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, American Folklore Society and Western States Folklore Society.

He joined Lakeland faculty in August 2015.

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