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Pat Munday took the PhD from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in Science & Technology Studies in 1990, an MA in History from Cornell in 1987, an MS in Science, Technology & Values from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1981, and a double-BS in Engineering (materials/metallurgy) and Humanities (science & technology studies) from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, in 1978. 


He worked from 1980 to 1985 as an engineer and assistant lab supervisor with Kendall Oil Refinery in Bradford, PA, and joined Montana Tech as an Assistant Professor in 1990. His MS thesis was on traditional 19th century oil production technology in the Bradford Oil Field, and his PhD dissertation was on the history of organic and physiological chemistry in 19th century Germany. He was a founding member of the Technical Communication Department in 1997, and a founding member of the Montana Tech Faculty Association (MEA-MFT union) in 2004. He is an avid 4-season outdoorsman with interests including backpacking, cross-country skiing, hunting, and fishing. 

Current Research Interests:

  • Environmental history and policy
  • Human communication with non-human animals
  • Semiotics of the human relationship with nature

Selected Courses Taught:

  • STS 2016, Technology & Society
  • PHL 325, Professional Ethics
  • STS 3596, Politics of Technical Decisions
  • PTC 4426/TC 5426, Technology, Communication & Culture

Selected Publications:

  •   “Thinking through Ravens: Human Hunters, Wolf-birds, and Embodied Communication,” a chapter in Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: Internatural Communication (Routledge Communication Series, 2012). 
  • “The Na’vi as Spiritual Hunters: a semiotic exploration,” a chapter in Opening Pandora’s Film  (WLU University Press, in press). 
  • “The Role of Environmental Communication in Shaping Remedy at America’s Largest Superfund Site,”Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Communication and the Environment (2009).
  • Montana's Last Best River: The Big Hole and its People (Lyons Press, 2001).
  • "Politics by Other Means: Justus von Liebig and the German translation of John Stuart Mill's Logic,"British Journal for the History of Science (1998).
  • Numerous photos for the magazine Montana Outdoors and other publications. 


  • Fulbright Scholar, Southwest University (Chongqing), People's Republic of China, spring semester 2012.
  • National Science Foundation grant for "Science, Society, and Superfund: A Social History of America’s Largest Superfund Site” (2007-2009) 
  • Served as content expert in numerous interviews for environmental films and publications.
  • Served as Montana Tech Faculty Association (MEA-MFT union) in officer positions (including bargaining team head) from 2004 to 2012.
  • Chaired more than 20 graduate committees.

Curriculum Vitae