Department: Environmental Studies
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
In 2000, I joined the UM Environmental Studies Program in large part because of its long-held commitment to engaged, interdisciplinary scholarship and to civic participation in environmental affairs. I brought with me a professional and academic background that reflects my fundamental interest in the theory and practice of social change with respect to solving our urgent environmental and social problems. All of my degrees are in Environmental Studies (St. Lawrence University, BA, 1985; University of Oregon, MS, 1989; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., 1997). I have also gained experiential education and professional training through my work in the non-profit sector (as an organizer, lobbyist, and volunteer), as well as my service in the public sector.
Much of my research, teaching, and civic engagement revolves around food and agriculture, which are central to all of our lives and to the health of the planet. I am also interested in land use planning, organizational development, environmental policy, and gender studies. In addition, I facilitate students’ learning of relevant professional and civic skills, and I teach qualitative and participatory methods of social research.