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 studies on the social import of American folk narrative, representations of indigenous Americans, and popular culture.
Outside of 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.
He is the 2018 President/Chair of the National Communication Association's Environmental Communication Division and Faculty Advisor for Gonzaga University's Iota-Rho chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Honors Society.
Meier, M.R., & Schmitt, C.R. (eds). Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change, New York: Routledge, 2016.
Schmitt, C.R. "Scapegoat Ecology: Blame, Exoneration, and an Emergent Genre in Environmentalist Rhetoric.” Environmental Communication (2018). DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1500386
Schmitt, C.R. “WALL-E, Classroom Discussion, and Media Ecology’s Stupid Question,” Explorations in Media Ecology 17.1 (2018): 63-69.
Schmitt, C.R. “A Tale of Two Eastwoods: Iconographic Persona and Rhetorical Ethos in Clint Eastwood's 'Halftime in America' and RNC 2012 Address,” Persona Studies 2.1 (2016): 41-54.
Schmitt, C.R. “Mounting Tensions: Materializing Strategies and Tactics on National Park 'Social Trails,'” Environmental Communication 10.4 (2016): 418-431.
Schmitt, C.R. “The Tactical Trail: Sense of Place and Place of Practice,” Cultural Analysis 15.1 (2016): 128-144.
Buccitelli, A.B., & Schmitt, C.R. “Everyday Practice and Tradition: New Directions for Practice Theory in Ethnology and Folkloristics,” Cultural Analysis 15.1 (2016): 1-5.
Schmitt, C.R. “Deconstructing Trailheads: Six Frames for Wilderness and a Rhetorical Intervention for Ecology,” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion 15 (2016).
Schmitt, C.R. “The Contours of the Land: Place-as-Rhetoric and Native American Effigy Mounds,” Western Journal of Communication 79.3 (2015): 307-326.
Schmitt, C.R. “Badgers vs. Weasels, and Snowmen for Democracy: Folklore and Embodiment in the 2011 Wisconsin Budget Bill Protests,” Western Folklore 72.3/4 (2013): 392-407.
Schmitt, C.R. “20 Years Later: Thoughts on the Folk Appeal of Christopher McCandless,” New Directions in Folklore 11.1 (2013): 35-56.
Schmitt, C.R. “If a Text Falls in the Woods...: Intertextuality, Environmental Perception, and the Non-Authored Text,” Cultural Analysis 11 (2013): 17-35.
Schmitt, C.R. “The Barefoot Bandit, Outlaw Legend, and Modern American Folk Heroism,” Folklore 123.1 (2012): 74-83.
Schmitt, C.R. Response to “Mapping America: Re-creating in the Cartographic Imagination,” JoAnn Conrad, Cultural Analysis 9 (2010): 33-35.
Schmitt, C.R. “The Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion, and a Lesson in Scapegoat Ecology,” in the Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management, edited by S. Samoilenko, E. Shiraev, M. Icks, & J. Keohane, New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
Morris, A., & Schmitt, C.R. “Indians Aren't Funny: Native Stand-Up as Contact Zone,” in Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric: Communicating Self-Determination, edited by C.R. Kelly & J.E. Black, 152-179. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018.
Schmitt, C.R. “Civic Tourism and the Washington Monument,” in U.S. Public Memory and the National Mall, edited by R.C. Aden, 11-27. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
Schmitt, C.R. “Wannabes and Avatars: Anti-Racist Allies and Ethnic Appropriation in an Age of Blogging, Facebook, and Twitter,” in Race and Ethnicity in Digital Culture: Our Changing Traditions, Impressions, and Expressions in a Mediated World, edited by A.B. Buccitelli, 285-306. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2017.
Schmitt, C.R. “Paradise and Warfare: Aldo Leopold and the Rhetorical Origins of Restoration Ecology,” in The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology, edited by J. Stanescu & K. Cummings, 117-139. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
Schmitt, C.R. “Late Night Apologia: A Critical Analysis of David Letterman's On-Air Revelation,” in Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change, edited by M.R. Meier and C.R. Schmitt, 223-236, New York: Routledge, 2016.
Schmitt, C.R. “Invoking the Ecological Indian: Rhetoric, Culture, and the Environment,” in Voice and Environmental Communication, edited by J. Peeples & S.P. Depoe, 66-87. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Schmitt, C.R. “Asserting Tradition: Rhetoric of Tradition and the Defense of Chief Illiniwek,” in Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, edited by T.J. Blank & R.G. Howard, 100-122. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013.