Curtis Sullivan

Assistant Professor Humanities and Communicaton
Humanities and Communication Department
Prescott College of Arts & Sciences
Prescott campus

Dr. Sullivan joined the Embry Riddle Humanities and Communication department in the Fall of 2019 where he teaches courses in public speaking and in cross-cultural communication. His research interests include Environmental Communication, Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric, and Science Communication.

Education

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies, North Dakota State University
M.A. - Master of Arts in Communication, University of Northern Colorado
B.A. - bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Northern Colorado

Courses Taught

COM 219 - Speech
HU 420 - Applied Cross Cultural Communication

Awards & Honors

National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar, 2018
Top Paper Panel in Applied Communication (solo author), National Communication Association, 2016
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Rocky Mountain Communication Association, 2015

Publications & Presentations

  • Mejia, Robert, Kay Beckermann, and Curtis Sullivan (2018). The Post-Race Politics of Post-Truth Scholarship. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
  • Mejia, Robert, Kay Beckermann, and Curtis Sullivan (May, 2018). A (not-so) New Post-Truth World. (trans. Jenna Sauber). Communication Currents.
  • Mejia, Robert, Kay Beckermann, and Curtis Sullivan (June, 2017). The Racial Politics of the Left’s Political Nostalgia. CounterPunch.
  • Sullivan, Curtis (2018). Book Review: The Marvel Studios Phenomenon: Inside a Transmedia Universe by Martin Flanagan, Andrew Livingstone, and Mike McKenny. The Popular Culture Studies Journal.
  • Sullivan, Curtis. (May, 2018). “The Necessary Technology and Unintended Consequences of Isolation.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL .
  • Beckermann, Kay, Robert Mejia, and Curtis Sullivan. (May, 2018). “Art is a Battlefield: How Art Institutions Shape Aesthetic Interpretation.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  • Sullivan, Curtis, and Nelson, Jacob. (November, 2018) “Wild Horse Population in the American West: Framing a Quiet Crisis” Paper presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Platt, Carrie Anne, Sullivan, Curtis, Jason, Malcolm, Stoeker, Caitlin, Adcock, Noel, Benders, Tori … Rorie, Brett. (November, 2018). “Communicating about the Future of Space Travel: SpaceX, the Mars Generation, and Public Support for Private Aerospace Initiatives,” Paper presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, Utah .
  • Sullivan, Curtis. (November, 2016) “The Paradox of School Shootings and the National Rifle Association: Navigating Culture and the Tension of Organizational Interest,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sullivan, Curtis. ““Star Wars Rebels: Constructing Canon in a Postmodern Landscape.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Page 23 Lit Conference, Denver, CO (June, 2015).
  • Kimiecik, Heather, Masunga, Zunzu, Hull, Hayley, Ching, Allison, Stise, Robert, and Sullivan, Curtis. (April, 2015). “Cultivating a Culture of Theoretically Informed Communication Praxis.” Panel held at the conference of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association, Loveland, CO.
  • Sullivan, Curtis. (March, 2015). “The Rhetoric of Star Wars: Rebels.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Pueblo, CO
  • Endres, Thomas, Brown, Conlon, Dong Saul, Samuel, Sullivan, Curtis, and Flores, Angel. (June, 2014). “Kidult Queries: A Conversation with Postmodern Professionals Who Collect Comics and Toys.” Panel held at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, Denver, CO.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, North Dakota State University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Communication, University of Northern Colorado