University of Colorado Denver

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Dr. Stephen Hartnett

Stephen John Hartnett is a Professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Colorado Denver and Vice President of the National Communication Association. He helped to launch the CU Denver Puksta Fellows program in the fall of 2013, and has been the program’s director since then. We have moved our Puksta Fellow Program to an Internship for students pursuing a Masters in Communications.

Hartnett is the author or editor of eight books and dozens of publications related to democracy, social justice, globalization and empire, and evolving rhetorical patterns between the U.S. and China. His publications appear in venues such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Winans and Wichelns Award for Distinguished Research in Public Address, the National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, and a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Driven by his leadership role within the International College Beijing, Hartnett has developed a passion for teaching and studying in China, where he has worked for the past eight summers. Based on his research in China, Tibet, Nepal, India, and Hong Kong, he has begun publishing articles on the U.S.-China relationship and has co-organized a series of conferences on these topics, which were hosted in Reno, Nevada, in 2013; in Washington, D.C. in 2014; in Anaheim, California, in 2014; and in Beijing in June 2016.

For the past 27 years, Hartnett has been teaching in, writing about, and working for change at America's prisons. He has taught college classes and poetry workshops in prisons and jails in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California and Colorado, and has facilitated workshops, participated on panels, and given lectures against the death penalty in 28 states. His commentary on these subjects has appeared in Salon, AlterNet, In These Times, and others, and on MSNBC and over 100 radio stations. In recognition of this work, he has received numerous awards, including the Northwest Communication Association's 2008 Human Rights Award, the University of Colorado's 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award, and the University of Colorado Denver’s 2014 Service Excellence Award.