Hanna E. Morris

Portrait of Hanna Morris
Doctoral Candidate

Hanna E. Morris's research deciphers the historical roots of contemporary climate discourse and images and determines how these representations shape responses to the threats of climate change. Morris’s dissertation specifically focuses on the post-2016 “total crisis” United States media landscape — a landscape in which journalists are struggling to respond to and maintain legitimacy amidst the rising anti-democratic sentiments of an increasingly authoritarian government. Through historically-contextualized critical discourse analyses of contemporary media texts and images, Morris finds that all-encompassing, apocalyptic imaginaries of the climate crisis proliferate, while only certain responses are elevated and certain discourses of dissent are recognized. Morris’s research has been recognized by several Top Paper awards from the International Communication Association and the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences as well as the New Directions for Climate Communication Research Award.

Morris is an Appointed Member on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), Elected Student & Early Career Representative for the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), and a member of the Social Challenges of Climate Change Doctoral Working Group at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK). 

Hanna E. Morris is an interdisciplinary scholar of media, culture, and the climate crisis. Morris is motivated by questions of power, representation, and environmental justice.
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Morris's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Critical Journalism Studies
  • Culture and Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Center for Media at Risk
  • Media Activism Research Collective