Prof. Zack Almquist

Zack Almquist

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Senior Data Science Fellow, eScience Institute
University of California, Irvine, 2013

Zack W. Almquist is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Data Science Fellow, eScience Institute at the University of Washington. His research centers on the development and application of mathematical, computational and statistical methodology to problems and theory of social networks, demography, education, homelessness, and environmental action and governance. Dr Almquist’s research has been funded by the NSF, NIH and ARO.

Recent Publications

Loring J. Thomas, Peng Huang, Fan Yin, Xiaoshuang Iris Luo, Zack W. Almquist, John R. Hipp and Carter T. Butts. 2020. Spatial heterogeneity can lead to substantial local variations in COVID-19 timing and severity. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
James H. Jones, Ashley Hazel and Zack W. Almquist. 2020. Transmission-Dynamics Models for the SARS Coronavirus-2. Journal of Human Biology.
Bagozzi, Benjamin E., Daniel Berliner, and Zack W. Almquist. 2019. When does open government shut? Predicting government responses to citizen information requests. Regulation & Governance.
Zack W. Almquist and Benjamin E. Bagozz. 2020. Automated text analysis for understanding radical activism: The topical agenda of the North American animal liberation movement. Research & Politics, 7(2) 1-8.

Email: zalmquist AT uw.edu

Prof. Phoebe Barnard

Phoebe Barnard

Affiliate Professor, University of Washington Bothell
PhD, Animal Ecology
Uppsala University, 1994

Phoebe is a planetary and human health and wellbeing strategist, global change scientist, public policy analyst, and film coproducer. She is CEO and Executive Director of the new Stable Planet Alliance, a global collaboration to bend the curve on population and consumption. Recently, she was Chief Science and Policy Officer of the Conservation Biology Institute, the highly-regarded nonprofit center for geospatial and collaborative evidence-based decision-support, and Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute. Having spent most of her career in African national development, climate change and biodiversity in Namibia and South Africa, she was a board member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Scientific Coordinator for the Global Invasive Species Programme. She urgently works to help change the trajectory of human civilization through the challenges of the next decades using global change science, public policy, community (‘citizen’) science, evidence-based decision support, mentorship, and communications (film, public speaking, and writing). She is a film co-producer with her filmmaker husband, John Bowey, in Transmediavision USA, which specializes in facilitating difficult societal dialogues with transformative outcomes in the areas of public and environmental health, social ills, clean technology innovation, and global social and environmental change.

Recent Publications
Ripple W, Wolf C, Newsome T, Barnard P, Moomaw W. 2021.  The climate emergency: 2020 in review.  Scientific American, 7 Jan 2021.
Coetzee A, Barnard P, Pauw A. 2021. Reliability and quality of artificial nectar feeders for birds in the Cape Floristic Region. Ostrich 2021:1-6.
Lee A, Barnard P, Fraser M, Lennard C, Smit B, Oschadleus H. 2020. Body mass and condition of a fynbos bird community: investigating impacts of time, weather and raptor abundance from long-term citizen- science datasets. Ostrich.

Email: phoebe.barnard AT stableplanetalliance.org

Prof. Lance Bennett

Lance Bennett

Professor (Emeritus), Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science
Yale University, 1974

W. Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science, Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication (Emertius) and the former Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. He works primarily in the area of media and politics and has contributed to the literature of political psychology, communication theory, and culture. Bennett has lectured internationally on the importance of media and information systems in civic life. He is the author or editor of ten books and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Spencer Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Annenberg Policy Foundation, Belgian Science Policy Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the Surdna Foundation.

Recent Publications

Bennett, Lance and Alexandra Segerberg. 2013. The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bennett, Lance. Forthcoming. “Press-Government Relations in A Changing Media Environment.” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, edited by Kate Kenski and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Email: lbennett AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Asli Cansunar

Asli Cansunar

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science
Duke University, 2018

Asli Cansunar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. Before joining the University of Washington, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (2018) and an MA in Economics (2014) from Duke University. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative political economy, comparative politics, and economic history, focusing on the political consequences of economic inequality. In particular, she works on the rich’s preferences on redistributive and tax policies. She also investigates the distributive impact of these preferences. She combines formal modeling with laboratory experiments, survey experiments, geospatial analysis, and archival research. Most of her research is concentrated in advanced industrialized countries and the Middle East. In addition, she teaches courses on economic inequality, political methodology, politics of the Middle East, and geospatial analysis.

Recent Publications

Cansunar, Asli. (2021). Who Is High Income, Anyway? Social Comparison, Subjective Group Identification, and Preferences over Progressive Taxation. The Journal of Politics, 83(4), 1292-1306.
Bozcaga, Tugba and Asli Cansunar (2021), “The Unintended Consequences of Nation-Making Institutions for Civil Society Development”, Journal of Historical Political Economy: Vol. 1: No. 4, pp 591-613. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/115.00000021

Email: cansunar AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Shannon Cram

Shannon Cram

Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington Bothell
PhD, Geography
University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Shannon Cram is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Science and Technology Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, where she is also the faculty coordinator for the Science, Technology, and Society program. Her work examines the politics of environmental remediation, especially as it relates to sites within the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Dr. Cram’s current book project, Exposure Scenario: Nuclear Life and the Politics of Impossibility, examines cleanup at Washington State’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation. She represents University of Washington on the Hanford Advisory Board, a multi-stakeholder body that develops policy advice and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and Washington Department of Ecology.

Recent Publications

Cram, Shannon. 2015. Living in Dose: Nuclear Work and the Politics of Permissible Exposure. Public Culture 28 (3 80): 519-539.
Cram, Shannon. 2015. Wild and Scenic Wasteland: Conservation Politics in the Nuclear Wilderness.Environmental Humanities 7: 89-105.
Cram, Shannon. 2015. Becoming Jane: The Making and Unmaking of Hanford’s Nuclear Body. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33 (5): 796-812.

Email: scram AT uw.edu

Prof. Sara Curan

Sara Curran

Professor, Jackson School of International Studies & Evans School of Public Affairs
PhD, Sociology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994

Sara Curran is Professor at the Jackson School and the Evans School. She serves as Chair of International Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies. Her research interests on environmental governance focus on the reciprocal relationship between population dynamics and environmental conditions. She is working on several papers related to how climate variability affects patterns of rural migration in Thailand. And, in several earlier works she has examined the intersection of population dynamics, common property institutions, poverty, and environmental conditions.

Recent Publications

Jaworsky, Bernadette, Peggy Levitt, Wendy Cadge, Jessica Hejtmanek and Sara Curran. 2012. “New perspectives on immigrant contexts of reception.” Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2(1): 78-88.

Curran, Sara R. et al. eds. 2009. The Global Governance of Food. London: Routledge.

Email: scurran AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Nives Dolsak

Nives Dolsak

Professor and Director, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
PhD, Political Science and School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington 2000

Nives Dolšak is Stan and Alta Barer Endowed Professor in Sustainability Science and the Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Her research examines state and nonstate actors and choices they make in environmental governance processes. She has published on domestic politics and global climate change, market instruments in national and international environmental policy, the role of NGOs and social capital. Her recent research projects have been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Recent Publications

Laura Evans, Nives Dolsak, Maureen Plog and Aseem Prakash. Native American Tribal Governments, Cross-Sectoral Climate Policy, and the Role of Intertribal Networks. Climatic Change, 2020.

Nives Dolsak, Christopher Adolph, and Aseem Prakash. Policy Design and Public Support for Carbon Tax: Evidence from a 2018 U.S. National Online Survey Experiment. Public Administration, 2020.

Nives and Aseem Prakash. 2017. “Join the Club: How the Domestic NGO Sector Induces Participation in the Covenant of Mayors Program.” International Interactions.

Allen, Maggie, Stoney Bird, Sara Breslow, and Nives Dolšak. 2017. “Stronger together: Strategies to protect local sovereignty, ecosystems, and place-based communities from the global fossil fuel trade”. Marine Policy forthcoming.

Email: nives AT uw.edu

David Fluharty

David Fluharty

Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
PhD, Natural Resource Conservation and Planning
University of Michigan, 1977

David Fluharty studies marine resource management and policy. His research and teaching examines ways to implement ecosystem-based approaches to the management of fisheries, marine protected areas and marine spatial planning. He studies the regional effects of climate change on societies in the Pacific Northwest, and with respect to living marine resource management in the Arctic and elsewhere. In addition, Fluharty has a distinguished record of public service on issues local, national and global. He chaired the Science Advisory Board for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and served as a member of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. He has consulted on projects from West Africa to the Yellow Sea.

Recent Publications

Fluharty, D.L. 2012. “Recent developments at the federal level in ocean policy making in the United States. In Special Issue: National Ocean Policy Making: Practices and Lessons. Coastal Management Journal 40(1):209-221.
Collie, J., W. Adamovicz, M. Beck, B. Craig, T. Essington, D. Fluharty, J. Rice, and J. Sanchirico. 2013. “Marine spatial planning in practice”. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences 117: 1-11.
Chang, Y-C., W. Gullett, and D. Fluharty. 2014. “Marine environmental governance networks and approaches: Conference report.” Marine Policy 46(2) 192-196.

Email: fluharty AT uw.edu

Prof. María Elena García

Maria Elena Garcia

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies & Comparative History of Ideas
PhD, Anthropology
Brown University, 2001

María Elena García is director of the Comparative History of Ideas and associate professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Her first book, Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru (Stanford University Press, 2005) examines Indigenous politics and multicultural activism in Peru. Her work on indigeneity and interspecies politics in the Andes has appeared in multiple edited volumes and journals. Her second book project, Cuy Politics, explores the lives and deaths of guinea pigs as one way to think about the cultural politics of contemporary Peru, especially in relation to food, Indigeneity and violence.

Recent Publications

García, María Elena. Forthcoming.”Culinary Fusion and Colonialism: A Critical Look at the Peruvian Food Boom.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America.
García, María Elena and José Antonio Lucero. 2014. “Resurgence and Resistance in Abya Yala: Indigenous Politics from Latin America.” in The Indigenous World of North America, edited by Robert Warrior. New York: Routledge.

Email: meg71 AT uw.edu

Prof. Stephen M. Gardiner

Stephen M. Gardiner

Professor, Department of Philosophy
PhD, Philosophy
Cornell University, 1999

Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are environmental ethics, political philosophy and ethical theory. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics. Steve is the author of A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford University Press, 2011), the coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2010), and the editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New (Cornell University Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Recent Publications

Gardiner, Stephen M. and David Weisbach. Forthcoming. Debating Climate Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gardiner, Stephen M. and Allen Thompson, eds. Forthcoming. Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gardiner, Stephen M. 2011. A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Email: smgard AT uw.edu

Prof. Benjamin Gardner

Benjamin Gardner

Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
PhD, Geography
University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Benjamin Gardner is a geographer, associate professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and the chair of the African Studies Program at the Jackson School for International Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. He has published on the implications of tourism development in East Africa, global land grabbing and transnational social movements. His work examines the implications of international development on struggles over access to and control of natural resources.

Recent Publications

Gardner, Benjamin. 2008. “Telling Nala’s Story: Transnational biography and politics in a Maasai community in Tanzania.” in Telling Young Lives: Portraits in Global Youth, edited by Craig Jeffrey and Jane Dyson. Philadephia: Temple University Press.
Gardner, Benjamin et al. 2008. “Community-Based Conservation and Maasai Livelihoods in Tanzania.” in Changing Landscapes in Maasailand: Land Use, Livelihoods, and Community Conservation, edited by Katherine Homewood et al. London: Springer Press.

Email: gardnerb AT uw.edu

Prof. Martha Groom

Martha Groom

Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington Seattle
PhD, Zoology
University of Washington, 1995

Martha Groom is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Washington Bothell & Seattle, based in Seattle, USA. She earned a Dual B.A. in Biology and Public Policy from Princeton University, an MS in Zoology and Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington. She is the lead editor and author of Principles of Conservation Biology, 2006, using the text to highlight case studies of conservation practice. Her research focuses on the intersections of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and on effective teaching practice. Currently, she is a section editor for the new journal Case Studies in the Environment. She also is a leader of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington, a summer intensive program for undergraduates aimed at building truly inclusive conservation practice.

Recent Publications

Tewksbury, Joshua et al. 2014. “Natural history’s place in science and society.” BioScience 64(4): 300-310.
Savilaakso, Sini et al. 2014. “Systematic review of effects on biodiversity from oil palm production.” Environmental Evidence 3(1): 1.

Email: groom AT uw.edu
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Prof. Himanshu Grover

Himanshu Grover

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design
PhD, Urban and Regional Sciences
Texas A&M University

Himanshu Grover’s research focus is at the intersection of land use planning, community resilience, and climate change. Dr. Grover, is also the co-Director of the Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning at the College of Built Environments. Dr. Grover received his PhD in Urban and Regional Sciences from Texas A&M University. In his research, Dr. Grover examines inter-linkages between physical development, socio-economic concerns, and the natural environment. His research is primarily focused on planning for development of safe, equitable, and sustainable communities. Dr. Grover is broadly interested in climate change management (both mitigation and adaptation strategies), environmental and land use planning, social equity, urban infrastructure management, hazard mitigation, and community resilience. His research emphasizes place-based planning policies to balance economic, environmental and social priorities to achieve equitable development and enhance community resilience.

Recent Publications

Grover, H., Brody, S.D., and Vedlitz, A. (In Press) Identifying factors shaping the perceptions of risk related to climate change in U.S. International Journal of Global Warming.
Masterson, J. H., Peacock, W. G., Van Zandt, S. S., Grover, H., Schwarz, L. F., & Cooper Jr, J. T. 2015. Planning for Community Resilience: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters.
Grover, H., Tang, Z., Zhao, N. 2012. “Incorporating Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Into Local Land Use Planning,” In Land Use: Planning, Regulations, and Environment. Hauppauge, New York: NOVA Science Publisher, p. 101-124.

Email: groverh AT uw.edu

Prof. Stevan Harrell

Stevan Harrell

Professor (Emeritus), School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
PhD, Anthropology
Stanford University, 1974

Stevan Harrell is an environmental anthropologist, working mostly in China and Taiwan, who has taught at UW since 1974. His current research examines the relationship between people and forests, as well as the documentation and preservation of local ecological knowledge. In the past, he has examined individual differences in folk religion, along with family, kinship, demography, and political economy. He has served as director of the UW Honors Program and as Curator of Asian Ethnology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. He is also very interested in environmental sustainability and community development through education. He was instrumental in establishing the Yangjuan Primary School in the Liangshan mountains of Sichuan and the Cool Mountain Education Fund, a small NGO that gives scholarships to graduates of the Yangjuan School.

Recent Publications

Urgenson, Lauren S., Amanda Schmidt, Julie K. Combs, Stevan Harrell, Thomas Hinckley, Qingxia Yang, Ziyu Ma, Li Yongxian, Lü Hongliang, Andrew MacIver. 2014. “Traditional Livelihoods, Conservation and Meadow Ecology in Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China.” Human Ecology 42: 481-491.
Robbins, Alicia S. T. and Stevan Harrell. 2014. “Paradoxes and Challenges for China’s Forests in the Reform Era.” China Quarterly 218: 381-403.
Harrell, Stevan, Yang Qingxia, Sara Jo Viraldo, R. Keala Hagmann, Thomas Hinckley, and Amanda H. Schmidt. “Forest is Forest and Meadows are Meadows: Cultural Landscapes and Bureaucratic Landscapes in Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan.” Archiv Orientální 84,1. (Forthcoming 2016 or 2017)

Email: stevanhar AT uw.edu

Prof. Jake Grumbach

Jake Grumbach

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science
UC Berkeley, 2018

Jacob (Jake) M. Grumbach is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research focuses broadly on the political economy of the United States, investigating the conditions under which the American political system can tackle societal problems like climate change. Broadly, his interests include public policy, American federalism, racial capitalism, campaign finance, and statistical methods. He has published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, among other journals and popular outlets. His book project, based on his award-winning dissertation, investigates how the combination of contemporary political parties and federalism generates problems for American democracy. Additional recent projects investigate labor unions, election law, and race and gender in campaign finance. Professor Grumbach teaches courses in statistics for the social sciences and in state and local politics.

Email: grumbach AT uw.edu

Prof. Christine Ingebritsen

Christine Ingebritsen

Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies
PhD, Government
Cornell University, 1993

Christine Ingebritsen is Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Director of the Center for West European Studies and Chair of the Hellenic Studies Program. Her work seeks to explain how and why Scandinavian governments (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) have responded differently to contemporary challenges. Collectively, Scandinavia seeks to export best practices to international institutions and acts as a “norm entrepreneur” in several important issue-areas (the environment, human rights and security). Her current project, “Ecological Institutionalism: The Greening of Global Capitalism” explores the integration of ecology with studies of productivity and profit.

Recent Publications

Ingebritsen, Christine. 2013. The Scandinavian Way and Its Legacy in Europe. Austin: Sentia Publishing.
Ingebritsen, Christine, Iver Neumann, Sieglinde Gstohl, and Jessica Beyer, eds. 2006. Small States in International Relations. Seattle: University of Washington.

Email: ingie AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Shalini Sarin Jain

Shalini Sarin Jain

Associate Professor of Management, Milgard School of Business, University of Washington, Tacoma
PhD, Public Policy and Management
University of Washington, 2013

Shalini currently has three inter-related streams of research examining various facets of corporate social and environmental responsibility. The first focuses on measuring corporate social performance including signaling, organizational change, and reporting in the specific context of India. The second examines the trajectory of voluntary private regulation in emerging economies. The third investigates consumer attitudes towards CSR.

Email: ssj8 AT uw.edu

Prof. Lucy Jarosz

Lucy Jarosz

Professor (Emertia), Department of Geography
PhD, Geography
University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Lucy Jarosz is Professor Emertia and the former Chair of Geography. Her research and teaching center upon questions of hunger, the political economy/ecology of agriculture and questions of food sovereignty and food security policy. Her work has been published in geography journals and in interdisciplinary, international social science journals and has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the University of Washington.

Recent Publications

Jarosz, Lucy. 2014. “Comparing food security and food sovereignty discourses.” Dialogues in Human Geography 4(2):168-181.
Jarosz, Lucy. 2012. “Growing inequality: agricultural revolutions and the political ecology of rural development.” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 10(2): 192-199.

Email: jarosz AT uw.edu

Prof. Sunila S. Kale

Sunila S. Kale

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
PhD, Government
University of Texas, Austin, 2007

Sunila S. Kale is Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and the former Director of the South Asia Studies Center. Her first book, Electrifying India (Stanford University Press, 2014) examines the politics of electrification in India from independence to the early 2000s, and was awarded the 2013 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute of Indian Studies. Her current research focuses on the politics and governance of industrial development in the eastern India, where natural resource development has produced sustained conflicts between activists, industrialists, and the state. She has edited a special issue of the journal India Review, and has published several other journal articles on her research.

Recent Publications

Kale, Sunila S. Forthcoming. “Structures of power: Electricity in colonial India.” Comparative Studies of South Asia,
Africa and the Middle East
Kale, Sunila S. and Nimah Mazahari. Forthcoming. “Natural resources, development strategies, and lower caste empowerment along India’s mineral belt.” Studies in Comparative International Development.

Email: kale AT uw.edu

Prof. Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Columbia University, 2006

Trained as both an ecologist and a lawyer, Ryan Kelly has a broad set of interests, focused both on hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data. From the science side, he studies the interplay between geography, ecology, and genetics in marine species. His more applied research joins genetic and ecological research with real-world implementation in law and policy, particularly with respect to environmental monitoring, resource management, endangered species, and ocean acidification. In general, he is drawn to projects that have significant elements of both scientific and policy relevance as we work towards more sustainable use of marine resources.

Recent Publications

Hillier A, Kelly RP, Klinger T. 2016 . “Narrative Style Influences Citation Frequency” in Climate Change Science. PLOS One 11(12): e0167983.
Kelly, R.P. 2016. “Making Environmental DNA Count.” Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 10-12.
Lowell, N. and R.P. Kelly. 2016. “Evaluating Agency Use of “Best Available Science” Under the United States Endangered Species Act.” Biological Conservation 196:53-59.

Email: rpkelly AT uw.edu

Prof. Tom Koontz

Tom Koontz

Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Division of Science and Mathematics
University of Washington Tacoma
PhD, Public Policy, Indiana University Bloomington, 1997

Tom Koontz is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has written extensively on collaborative environmental governance, especially watershed management, both in U.S. states and in Germany in the context of the European Union Water Framework Directive. Tom has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Forestry and Society & Natural Resources, and on the editorial board of Policy Studies Journal and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He is currently collaborating on two book projects: one on the challenges of collaboration and the other on governing complexity through polycentricity. His current research with students examines the use of science and plan implementation in regional watersheds including the Puget Sound.

Recent Publications

Koontz, Tomas M., Divya Gupta, Pranietha Mudliar, and Pranay Ranjan. 2015. “Adaptive Institutions in Social-Ecological Systems Governance: A Synthesis Framework.” Environmental Science and Policy 53: 139-15.
Koontz, Tomas M., and Jens Newig. 2014. “From Planning to Implementation: Top Down and Bottom Up Approaches for Collaborative Watershed Management.” Policy Studies Journal 42(3): 416-442.

Email: koontz31 AT uw.edu

Prof. Sabine Lang

Sabine Lang

Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
PhD, Political Science

Sabine Lang is Professor of European and International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She is Adjunct Professor in Political Science and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Professor Lang also serves as the Book Review Editor of Politics and Gender. Her major projects focus on: (1) Digital Media and the Organization of Transnational Advocacy Networks in the European Union, (2) Women’s National and Transnational Advocacy in the European Union, (2) Methods of Analyzing Transnational and Digital Advocacy, (4) Institutionalization and De-institutionalization of Gender Equality Policies in the European Union, and (5) Gender, Federalism, and Multilevel Governance.

Recent Publications

Lang, Sabine. 2013. NGOs, Civil Society, and the Public Sphere. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Lang, Sabine and Birgit Sauer. “Does Federalism Impact Gender Architectures? The Case of Women’s Policy Agencies in Germany and Austria.” Publius 4(1): 68-89.

Email: salang AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Karen Litfin

Karen Litfin

Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles, 1992

Karen Litfin (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. She specializes in global environmental politics, with core interests in green theory, the science/policy interface, and what she calls “person/planet politics.” She directs the UW Auroville Program on Sustainability, Community and International Cooperation, which has been bringing students to an international township in south India since 2001.

Recent Publications

Karen T. Litfin. 2013. Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community. Cambridge: Polity.
Litfin, Karen T. 2011. “Thinking like a planet: Gaian politics and the transformation of the world food system.” in International Handbook of Environmental Politics, edited by Peter Dauvergne. Northampton: Edward Elgar.
Litfin, Karen T. 2010. “The Sacred and the Profane in the Ecological Politics of Sacrifice.” in The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice, edited by Michael Maniates and John Meyer. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Email: litfin AT uw.edu

Prof. José Antonio Lucero

Jose Antonio Lucero

Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
PhD, Politics
Princeton University, 2002

José Antonio Lucero is Hanauer Honors Professor and Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies. His main research and teaching interests include Indigenous politics, social movements, Latin American politics, and borderlands. He has conducted field research in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. In addition to numerous articles, Lucero is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) and the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Peoples Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on two research projects that examine the cultural politics of (1) conflicts between Indigenous peoples and the agents of extractive industry in Peru and (2) human rights activism, religion, and Indigenous politics on the Tohono-O’odham/Mexico/US border.

Recent Publications

Van Cott, Donna Lee, José Antonio Lucero, and Dale Turner, eds. Forthcoming. Oxford Handbook on Indigenous Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lucero, José Antonio. 2013. “Ambivalent Multiculturalisms: Perversity, Futility and Jeopardy in Latin America.” in Paradigms and Paradoxes of Multiculturalism, edited by Todd Eisenstadt. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Email: jal26 AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Peter May

Peter May

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
PhD, Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley 1979

Peter J. May recently retired as the Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics. His research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Geological Survey addresses policy processes, environmental regulation, and policymaking for natural hazards and disasters. His research about policy processes places him among the leading scholars in the field for which he has pioneered research addressing policy design and implementation, the coherence of policies, policy learning, and policy regimes. May has authored or co-authored four books and published extensively in leading journals in public policy and public administration. He regularly serves as an advisor to governmental agencies that include service on panels for the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation.

Recent Publications

May, Peter J. Forthcoming. “Political Limits to the Processing of Policy Problems.” Politics and Governance 1(2): 104-116.
May, Peter J. and Ashley E. Jochim. 2013. “Policy Regime Perspectives: Policies, Politics, and Governing.” Policy Studies Journal 41(3): 426-452.
May, Peter J. 2011. “Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Regime.” Policy Studies Journal 39(2): 285-307.

Email: pmay AT u.washington.edu

Prof. Victor Menaldo

Victor Menaldo

Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science
Stanford University, 2009

Victor Menaldo is professor of Political Science at UW and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS). He co-founded and co-leads the UW Political Economy Forum (along with James Long and Rachel Heath).He specializes in comparative politics and political economy. Menaldo’s research focuses on the political economy of taxation and redistribution, the political economy of regulation, the political economy of regime change, and the political economy of natural resources. He has published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics and Economics & Politics, among other places.

Recent Publications

Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo. Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy. Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Victor Menaldo. The Institutions Curse: Natural Resources, Politics, and Development. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Haber, Stephen and Victor Menaldo. 2011. “Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism? A Reappraisal of the Resource Curse.” American Political Science Review 105(1): 1-26.

Email: vmenaldo AT uw.edu

David Montgomery

David R. Montgomery

Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences
PhD, Geomorphology
University of California, Berkeley, 1991

David R. Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography. Current research includes field projects in eastern Tibet and the Pacific Northwest of North America.

Recent Publications

Montgomery, D.R. 2017. Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. W.W. Norton & Co.
Montgomery, Montgomery, D.R. and Biklé, A. 2016. The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. W. W. Norton&Co.

Email: bigdirt AT uw.edu

Scott L. Montgomery

Scott L. Montgomery

Faculty, Jackson School of International Studies

Scott L. Montgomery is a geoscientist, author, and affiliate faculty member in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He has written widely on topics related to energy and sustainability, intellectual history, communication, translation studies, and history of science. His current research is focused in three areas: nuclear power and climate change; the impact of Darwin’s ideas on modernity; and the rise of science in medieval and Renaissance Europe. His book, written with UW colleague Dan Chirot (Jackson School) The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Built the Modern World (Princeton) was selected by the New York Times as among the 100 Best Books of 2015.

Recent Publications

Montgomery, Scott L. 2017. Chicago Guide to Communicating Science. University of Chicago Pressé
Montgomery, Scott L. and Thomas Graham Jr. 2017. Seeing the Light: Nuclear Power in the New Century. Cambridge University Press.
Montgomery, Scott L. 2013. Does Science Need a Global Language? English and the Future of Research, University of Chicago Press.

Email: scottlm AT uw.edu

Prof. Timothy Nyerges

Timothy Nyerges

Professor (Emeritus), Department of Geography
PhD, Geography
Ohio State University, 1980

Timothy Nyerges is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Washington where he specializes in teaching and research related to participatory geographic information systems (GIS) focusing on sustainability management for land use, transportation, and water resource related issues. Many of the ideas from that research focus on sustainability management appearing in his 2010 textbook titled Regional and Urban GIS: A Decision Support Approach co-authored with Piotr Jankowski and published by Guildford Press. He is the director of the Professional Masters Program in GIS for sustainability management for the University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education Division. He is immediate-past president of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS).

Recent Publications

Xu, Jinghai, Timothy Nyerges, and Gaozhong Nie. 2014. “Modeling and representation for earthquake emergency response knowledge: perspective for working with geo-ontology.” International Journal for Geographical Information Science 28(1): 185-205.
Aguirre, Robert and Timothy Nyerges. 2014. “An Agent-Based Model of Participatory Decision Making for Sustainability Management.” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 17(1).

Email: nyerges AT u.washington.edu

Aseem Prakash, director

Aseem Prakash

Founding Director, UW Center for Environmental Politics
Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, Political Science and School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington 1997

Aseem Prakash is Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences. He has written extensively on the subject of voluntary environmental politics, policy, and governance. He is the Founding Editor of Cambridge University Press Series on Business and Public Policy. He is the author of Greening the Firm (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and the co-author of The Voluntary Environmentalists (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His recent awards include the American Political Science Association’s 2020 Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award in recognition of “lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics,” the International Studies Association’s 2019 Distinguished International Political Economy Scholar Award that recognizes “outstanding senior scholars whose influence and path-breaking intellectual work will continue to impact the field for years to come,” and the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance’s 2018 Regulatory Studies Development Award that recognizes a senior scholar who has made notable “contributions to the field of regulatory governance.

Recent Publications

Does the “NIMBY syndrome” Undermine Public Support for Nuclear Power in Japan? Energy Policy, forthcoming (with Azusa Uji and Jaehyun Song).
Native American Tribal Governments, Cross-Sectoral Climate Policy, and the Role of Intertribal Networks. Climatic Change, forthcoming (with Laura Evans, Nives Dolsak, and Megan Plog).
Policy Design and Public Support for Carbon Tax: Evidence from a 2018 U.S. National Online Survey Experiment. Public Administration, forthcoming (with  Nives Dolsak and Christopher Adolph).
How the Opposing Pressures of Industrialization and Democratization Influence Clean Water Access in Urban and Rural Areas: A Panel Study, 1991–2010. Environmental Politics and Governance, 2020, 30(4): 182-195 (with Sijeong Lim).

Email: aseem AT uw.edu

Joshua L. Reid

Joshua L. Reid

Associate Professor, Department of History
PhD, University of California, San Diego

Professor Reid’s research interests include American Indians, identity formation, cultural meanings of space and place, the American and Canadian Wests, the environment, and the indigenous Pacific. He teaches courses on American Indian History, the American West, U.S. History, and Environmental History. Yale University Press recently published his first book, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, in the Henry Roe Cloud Series for American Indians and Modernity. This examines the Makah Nation’s historical relationship with the ocean. He is currently researching a project about indigenous explorers in the Pacific Ocean, specifically focusing on those individuals who voluntarily traveled throughout the Pacific from the late eighteenth through late nineteenth centuries.

Recent Publications

Reid, Joshua. 2015. The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makah’s. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Reid, Joshua. 2013. “Indigenous Power in The Comanche Empire.” History and Theory 52(1): 54-59.
Reid, Joshua. 2013. “Articulating a Traditional Future: Makah Sealers and Whalers, 1880-1999,” in Tribal Worlds, eds. Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper. Albany: State University of New York Press, p.163-184.

Email: jlreid@uw.edu AT uw.edu

Clare M. Ryan

Clare M. Ryan

Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
College of the Environment
PhD, Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
University of Michigan, 1996

Clare Ryan is a natural resource policy specialist who focuses on the ways that scientific information can be integrated into policy and management decisions. She studies the processes by which environmental policies are made and implemented, ways to foster collaboration in environmental management, and how to address conflicts that can arise when multiple stakeholders participate in decision-making. She holds appointments in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Before returning to academia, she spent several years as a scientist and manager at both the state and federal level.

Recent Publications

Gibbons, K.H., and Ryan, C.M. 2015. “Characterizing Comprehensiveness of Urban Forest Management Plans in Washington State.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14: 615-624.
Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna, C.M. Ryan. 2012. “Involving Forest Communities in Identifying and Constructing Ecosystem Services: Millennium Assessment and Place Specificity.” Journal of Forestry April/May 2012: 149-156.

Email: cmryan AT uw.edu

Prof. Kristiina Vogt

Kristiina Vogt

Professor of Ecosystem Management
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment
Ph.D., New Mexico State University 1976

Kristiina A. Vogt, born in Turku, Finland, is the founder and co-coordinator of the Forest Systems and Bioenergy program in the College of Forest Resources. Previously, she has served as the Dean of the College of Forest Resources as well as the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Forest Ecology at Yale University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on developing tools to solve complex problems in conservation, bioenergy and forestry. She has conducted research in Iceland, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Belize, Indonesia and in Alaska and Puerto Rico as well as within the continental US.

Recent Publications

Vogt, Kristiina et al., 2013. The River of Life: Sustainable Practices of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples. Higher Education Publishers (HEP).
Vogt, Kristiina et al., 2010. Sustainability Unpacked. Food, Energy and Water for Resilient Environments and Societies. Earthscan.

Email: kvogt AT uw.edu

Dr. Todd Wildermuth

Todd Wildermuth

Director of Environmental Law Program, School of Law
PhD, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Dr. Todd A. Wildermuth is the Director of the UW Environmental Law Program. He is the co-foudner of the UW Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic that assists organizations and individuals seeking to influence environmental policy through the submission of public comments on major environmental regulations. He coordinates UW Law’s current environmental curricular offerings, works with other faculty to increase UW’s depth and stature in the field, and conducts outreach on behalf of the environmental law program.

Email: toddw2 AT u.washington.edu

Yeng-Chu Weng

Yen-Chu Weng

Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program
PhD, Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Yen-Chu Weng is a lecturer in Environmental Studies. As a geographer, she has always been interested in exploring the connections between human societies and the environment. She received broad training in both the biophysical sciences and the social sciences, and has integrated quantitative, qualitative, and GIS methods into her research projects. Her research focuses on the politics of participation in environmental volunteering programs. By comparing perspectives of multiple stakeholders, she examines the role of science, nature, and participation in ecological restoration. Her past work includes spatial analysis of landscape patterns and urban ecology. Her current research focuses on environmental education and case study pedagogy.

Recent Publications

Deaton, M. L., C. A. Wei, C. A., and Y.-C. Weng. 2016. “Concept Mapping: A Technique for Teaching about Systems and Complex Problems.” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Case Study Teaching Resources.
Weng, Y.-C. 2015. “Contrasting Visions of Science in Ecological Restoration: Expert-lay Dynamics between Professional Practitioners and Volunteers”, Geoforum. 65: 134-145.
Weng, Y.-C. 2007. “Spatiotemporal Changes of Landscape Pattern in Response to Urbanization”, Landscape and Urban Planning. 81 (4): 341-353.

Email: yweng AT uw.edu

Megan Ybarra

Megan Ybarra

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Megan Ybarra is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching center on questions of identity in relation to place, the political ecology of land tenure in protected areas, and indigenous territorial autonomy. Her work has been published in geography and interdisciplinary social science journals, and she has also published policy-oriented monographs in Guatemala.

Recent Publications

Ybarra, Megan. 2012. “Taming the Jungle, Saving the Maya Forest: Sedimented Counterinsurgency Practices in Contemporary Guatemalan Conservation.” Journal of Peasant Studies 39 (2):479-502.
Ybarra, Megan, Oscar Obando Samos, Liza Grandia, and Norman B Schwartz. 2012. Tierra, Migración y Vida en Petén, 1999-2009. Guatemala City: CONGCOOP-IDEAR.

Email: mybarra AT uw.edu