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Expertise Areas: Civic engagement, globalization, social justice
MA, UC San Diego, 1990
BA, Rutgers University, 1986
As evidence of the excellence of this scholarly work, Hartnett has received the 2013 Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, CU Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Science’s 2012 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, the NCA’s 2011 Golden Monograph Award, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s 2011 PASS Award (Prevention for a Safer Society), the NCA’s 2002 Winans and Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, and the 2019 Xiao Award for Outstanding Research in Rhetoric from the Association for Chinese Communication Studies.
Hartnett has spent the past thirteen summers (excepting the COVID years of 2020 and 2021) working in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Nepal, and India, where he has been gathering data, photographs, and interviews. Working in partnership with the National Communication Association and colleagues across China, he has co-organized and co-hosted conferences in Beijing in 2015, 2016, and 2018, in Shenzhen in 2019, and in online format in 2021. He is one of the leaders of the forthcoming Shanghai Dialogues, which will be held on the campus of the Shanghai International Studies University in June, 2022.
Hartnett has spent the past 31 years teaching in, writing about, and protesting at America’s prisons and jails. He has taught in prisons and jails in Colorado, California, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, and has lectured on prisons and/or the death penalty in 28 states. His commentary on prison education has appeared on MSNBC and in outlets such as Slate, Salon, In These Times, and over 100 different radio stations. He is the editor of Challenging the Prison Industrial Complex and the co-editor of Working for Justice: A Handbook for Prison Educators and Activists, both published by the University of Illinois Press. As recognition of this work, Hartnett is the recipient of the University of Colorado’s Thomas Jefferson Award. Beginning in the Fall of 2021, he is working with a team of colleagues to launch a pilot program bringing for-credit CU college classes into Colorado prisons. For examples of the kinds of work produced by these education and activism efforts, please see the Department of Communication’s website for access to all back issues of Captured Words/Free Thoughts.
COMM 4700 Thesis and Special Project Writing (required for high Latin honors)