Department of Communication
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Mail Stop 9162
Bellingham, Washington, 98225
(360) 650-7367 / (fax) 650-6529
michael.karlberg (at) wwu.edu


Michael Karlberg is an interdisciplinary scholar at Western Washington University with expertise in the area of media, culture, and public discourse. His program of research critically examines foundational assumptions underlying Western civilization, including prevailing conceptions of human nature, power, social organization, and social change. He has been invited to speak widely on the theme of his book, Beyond the Culture of Contest. He has recently begun collaborating with an expanding circle of scholars examining the concept of Constructive Resilience, which is a non-adversarial means of overcoming injustice and oppression. He is also working on a book addressing the problem of normative relativism in a world of increasing global interdependence.


PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (video recordings)

TEDx Talk: Beyond the Culture of Contest: A Critical Juncture in Human History (transcript)

WWU College of Social Science and Humanity's Dean's Lecture Series:
Denial of Education as a Strategy of Oppression: Exploring Human Rights Abuses in Iran


Karlberg, Michael  (2004). Beyond the Culture of Contest: From Adversarialism to Mutualism in an Age of Interdependence.  Oxford: George Ronald.


Karlberg, Michael & Bita Correa (2016). Development as Systematic Learning and Capacity Building. In Education, Learning and the Transformation of Development, Amy Skinner, Matt Baillie-Smith, Eleanor Brown, and Tobias Troll (eds.) Routledge.

Khozein, Todd, Michael Karlberg & Carrie Freeman  (2013). From Competition to Collaboration: Toward a New Framework for Entrepreneurship. In Creating Good Work: The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy, Ron Schultz (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, 105-115. 

Karlberg, Michael (2012). Reframing Public Discourses for Peace and Justice. In Forming  a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity, and Justice, Karina Korostelina (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, 15-42.

Karlberg, Michael (2007). Western Liberal Democracy as New World Order?  In The Bahá'í World: 2005-2006, Robert Weinberg (ed.), Haifa, Israel: World Center Publications, 133-156.
(click for Spanish translation) (click for Persian translation)


Karlberg, Michael  (2010). Constructive Resilience: The Baha'i Response to OppressionPeace & Change  35 (2), 222-257. (click for Persian translation)

Karlberg, Michael (2010). The Press as a Consultative Forum: A Contribution to Normative Press Theory Baha'i Studies Review 16, 29-42.

Smith, Todd. & Michael. Karlberg (2009). Articulating a Consultative Epistemology: Toward a Reconciliation of Truth and RelativismJournal of Baha'i Studies  19 (1), 59-99.

Karlberg, Michael (2008). Discourse, Identity, and Global CitizenshipPeace Review: A Journal of Social Justice  20 (3), 310-320. (click for Persian translation)

Karlberg, Michael (2007). Contextual Media Literacy RevisitedAcademic Exchange Quarterly  11(3), 165-170. (received “Editor's Choice” award)

Johnson, Kirk & Michael. Karlberg (2006). Rethinking Power and Caste in Rural IndiaThe International Scope Review  7 (12), 1-15.

Karlberg, Michael. & Buell, Leslie (2005). Deconstructing the 'War of All Against All': The Prevalence and Implications of War Metaphors and Other Adversarial News Schema in TIME, Newsweek, and Maclean's.  Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies  12 (1), 22-39.

Karlberg, Michael (2005). The Power of Discourse and the Discourse of Power: Peace as Discourse Intervention. International Journal of Peace Studies  10 (1), 1-25.

Karlberg, Michael (2005). Elevating the Service in University Service Learning. Journal of the Northwest Communication Association  34 (Spring), 16-36.

Karlberg, Michael (2003). The Paradox of Protest in a  Culture of Contest.  Peace & Change  28 (3) 319-347.

Karlberg, Michael. (2002). Partisan Branding and Media Spectacle: Implications for Democratic Communication. Democratic Communique  18 (summer), 1-18.

Karlberg, Michael (1997). News and Conflict: How Adversarial News Frames Limit Public Understanding of Environmental IssuesAlternatives: Perspectives on Society, Technology and Environment  23(1), 22-27.

Karlberg, Michael (1996). Remembering the Public in Public Relations Research: From Theoretical to Operational Symmetry.  Journal of Public Relations Research  8(4), 263-278.

Karlberg, Michael & Hackett, Robert (1996). Canceling Each Other Out? Interest Group Perceptions of the News Media. Canadian Journal of Communication  21(4), 461-472.

Karlberg, Michael (1994). Toward a New Environmental Stewardship. World Order  25(4), 21-32.


Ferreira, Marcos & Michael Karlberg (2007). Bahá'í Faith. Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, Paul Joseph (ed.), SAGE

Karlberg, Michael  (2012).  Discourse Theory and PeaceEncyclopedia of Peace Psychology, Daniel Christie (ed.),  Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing.

Karlberg, Michael  (2009).  Sustainability and the Bahá'í FaithEncyclopedia of Sustainability, Willis Jenkins & Whitney Bauman (eds.),  Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.


Karlberg, Michael (2014) Meaning, Religion, and a Great Transition. Great Transition Initiative.


CHILDREN'S LITERATURE  (Peace and Social Change series)

Karlberg, Michael  (2014).  The Game.  Bundoora, Victoria: Bahá'í Publications Australia.

Karlberg, Michae  (2007).  Rooth Sees a Trooth.  Bundoora, Victoria: Bahá'í Publications Australia.