Catalina de Onís

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Core Faculty, Clark Honors College
Clark Honors College
Phone: (541) 346-7524
Office: 326 Chapman Hall
Research Interests: environmental, climate, & energy justice, environmental racism, border & archipelagic studies, Latinx/e studies, Puerto Rican studies, women of color feminisms, reproductive justice, ethnographic methods, communication & rhetorical studies, journalism
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm and Wednesdays, 10:30am-12pm (sign up at for a Zoom or in-person appointment); Wednesdays, 12-1pm (drop-in hour in Chapman 326, no appointment needed). More times are available via email request.


PhD, Indiana University, 2017 (Communication and Culture with Latino Studies minor)

MA, University of Montana, 2011 (Communication Studies)

BS, Northwestern University, 2009 (Journalism with Spanish minor)


Honors and Awards

Top Book Award, Rhetoric Society of America, 2022.

  • Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico

Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication, National Communication Association, 2021.

  • Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico

Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for Top Scholarly Article, National Communication Association’s Applied Communication Division, 2019.

  • “Fueling and Delinking from Energy Coloniality in Puerto Rico”

Outstanding Voice in Environmental Communication Award, National Communication Association, 2019.

Mortar Board Professor of the Year Award, Willamette University, 2019.

Top Dissertation Award, National Communication Association’s Environmental Communication Division, 2017.

  • Energy Remix: Decolonial Discourses of Decarbonization

Excellence in Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2016.

Feminist Scholar of the Year Award, Organization for Research on Women & Communication, 2015.

  • “Lost in Translation: Challenging (White Monolingual Feminism’s) <Choice> with Justicia Reproductiva” 

Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award for top student paper nationally across all units and divisions, National Communication Association, 2014.

  • “Toxic Coloniality: Extracting Natural Gas Advocacy Rhetoric and Resisting its Appeals”

TV News Awards, Northwestern University, 2006-2009.

  • Executive Producer and Anchor, Emmy winner, College Television Award for “Best College Newscast,” 2009.
  • Live reporter, Emmy winner, NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter, Election Night 2008.
  • Executive Producer and Anchor, SINBA “Best Newscast” Award.
  • Executive Producer, College Broadcasters, Inc. Best Newscast” Finalist.