Chatham University

Communications Faculty and Staff

Katie Cruger Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Master of Professional Writing

Joined Chatham : 2011

Academic Areas of Interest

Environmental Justice, Environmental Communication, Rhetoric, New Media, Organizational Communication, (New) Parenthood, Worry Work

Personal Areas of Interest

Gardening (Allegheny County Certified Master Gardener), Food Preservation, Animals Rights, Social Justice.

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Katie Cruger earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on Environmental Justice concerns here in Allegheny county as well as nationally. Katie is currently engaging in a qualitative interview project exploring experiences of new parents at work and at home. She teaches courses in environmental communication, media history, public relations, and strategic communication. Dr. Cruger also directs the first year communication seminar at Chatham, the Professional Writing MA degree program, and coordinates the Communication MA degree program.