Todd, Anne Marie

Todd, Anne Marie

Professor, Communication Studies




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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Southern Cal, 2002
  • Master of Arts, Rhetoric & Communication, Univ Of Southern Cal, California, United States, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Emory Univ, Georgia, United States, 1998


Anne Marie joined the faculty at San José State University in 2002. Her teaching focuses on environmental communication, rhetoric, and popular culture. She has developed and taught more than 20 different courses at SJSU, including an interdisciplinary course on Global Climate Change, one of the first of its kind in the nation, which has been taught continuously since 2007, and has a demonstrated impact on students’ personal connections to climate change solutions in their daily life and professional careers. 

Anne Marie received the College of Social Sciences’ Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and was named SJSU’s Outstanding Professor in 2015.

Anne Marie's scholarship explores environmental aesthetics and sense of place, as well as issues of sustainability education, community engagement and integrative learning.

Her work examines the way environmental rhetoric shapes our community history and sense of place. Her most recent book, Valley of Heart's Delight: Environment and Sense of Place in the Santa Clara Valley, focuses on the agricultural history of Silicon Valley. Her book, Communicating Environmental Patriotism: A Rhetorical History of the American Environmental Movement received the Christine Oravec Environmental Communication Research Award.

She has published more than 30 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, including research on climate literacy, gardening and food activism, and environmental messages in popular culture. She was named an SJSU Salzburg Fellow and SJSU University Scholar. 

Academic Leadership
Anne Marie is an academic leader focused on student success, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion in teaching, advising, and development and implementation of academic programs. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Social Sciences at San José State, where her portfolio includes faculty development, curriculum and assessment, strategic enrollment management, and advising. Prior to this she served as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at San José State, chair of the University Sustainability Board, and on numerous university committees focused on strategic planning.

Anne Marie is a founding member of the International Environmental Communication Association and served on the advisory board of the Green Ninja Project.