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Mike Angstadt

Mike Angstadt Fields of Study: International Relations, Environmental Politics and Policy, and American Politics

About: Mike is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. His studies emphasize international relations, environmental politics, and American politics. As an attorney with specialization in environmental and international law, Mike researches the confluence of judicial politics, international relations, and environmental law. While at CSU, Mike is examining the rise of dedicated environmental courts, and the influence of judicial structure on environmental outcomes.
Email: mike.angstadt@colostate.edu

Jenna Bloxom

Jenna Bloxom Fields of Study: International Relations, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Comparative Politics

About: Jenna Bloxom is a doctoral candidate who received her B.A. in political science and Spanish at Wake Forest University and her Master's degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Bloxom's past research scholarships have taken her to four countries in the Western hemisphere to conduct fieldwork and have resulted in original research regarding the broader political and socio-economic effects of water privatization in developing states, the consequences of various political management choices of water resources, and the evolving regional and international power dynamics regarding biodiesel from both micro-algae and African palm oil. Bloxom currently centers her research on the international political economy of energy, the future of renewable fuels, and the impacts of bio-based fuels on natural resource management, particularly with respect to the water-energy nexus. Her dissertation examines the viability and logistics of the emerging global production network associated with synthetic, paraffinic bio-based aviation fuel and the role of U.S. innovation in shaping this nascent commodity. In conjunction with her focus on the political and policy-based implications of the production and utilization of renewable fuels and green hydrocarbons, Bloxom is also educated at the doctoral level in the technical and scientific realities of bio-based energy through her training as a research fellow in the National Science Foundation's IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program. Since completing her multi-disciplinary training fellowship, she now acts as an instructor for the IGERT program and works with scientists and engineers to convey the importance of policies shaping prospective energy opportunities at the national and global level. She also teaches Introduction to International Relations to undergraduates and recently published a case study in the book, Local Economic Development and the Environment (2013).
Email: jmbloxom@lamar.colostate.edu

Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook Fields of Study: Environmental Politics and Policy, Public Administration and Public Policy, American Politics

About: Jeff's research focuses on federal and state environmental regulatory policy with a special emphasis on fracking and climate change policy. Some of his published work in these fields is available in Review of Policy Research, Environmental Policy and Governance, and Environmental Practice. Jeff received a master's degree in environmental science and policy at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, where he also received a bachelor's degree in environmental politics and policy, political science, and public administration.
Email: Jeff.Cook@colostate.edu

Chelsea DeCarlo

Chelsea DeCarlo Fields of Study: Political Theory, Environmental Politics and Policy, and International Relations.

About: Chelsea received her BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Indiana University, and her MA in Political Science from Colorado State University. Chelsea's research interests include environmental and ecological justice and eco-centric theory. In particular, she is interested in establishing connections between postcolonial theory and transnational environmental and ecological conditions of injustice. Relatedly, she approaches these issues from both a structural orientation and a position that acknowledges the diversity of ways that injustice can manifest at the micro levels of politics.
Email: Chelsea.Welker@colostate.edu

Megan DeMasters

Megan DeMasters Fields of Study: Public Administration and Public Poliy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and American Politics

About: Megan graduated from Idaho State University in 2010 with a B.A. in International Studies and from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Natural Resources Management. While at the University of Utah Megan was the Recycling Program Analyst for Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District. Megan's research interests include environmental policy with an emphasis in water quality and water scarcity concerns at the local state and federal level. Within this area she is interested in intergovernmental relations, implementation, and policy outcomes. Megan's recent publications include: "Ensuring Compliance with Interstate Water Compacts at the State and Local Levels: A Case Study of the Arkansas River Compact" Environmental Practice and "Working with Federal and State Actors On Successful Implementation of Sustainable Economic Development Programs" PA Times.
Email: megan.demasters@colostate.edu

Jonathan Fisk

Jonathan Fisk Fields of Study: Public Administration and Public Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and American Politics

About: Jonathan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. His work focuses on state and local energy and environmental policy, with a particular emphasis on policy outcomes and intergovernmental relations. His most recent work addresses state-local relations when it comes to urban natural gas extraction, water politics/management and local environmental programs. His work has been published in Review of Policy Research, Local Environment and Environmental Management. Prior to CSU, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a Masters in Public Administration and worked as a research associate for the League of Kansas Municipalities. He also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and political science from Morningside College. For more information please visit his webpage: jonathanmfisk.weebly.com.
Email: jfisk@rams.colostate.edu

Zoe Fryer

Zoe Fryer Fields of Study: Political Theory, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Comparative Politics

About: Upon beginning higher education as a non-traditional student at St. Petersburg College in Florida, Zoe transferred to Western State Colorado University. After four years in Gunnison Valley, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Government with an emphasis in pre-law and environmental studies. Zoe obtained a Master's degree with a focus in Political Theory and Environmental Policy at Colorado State University. Zoe is currently a doctoral student with primary research interests in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, hydraulic fracturing, democracy, environmental policy, and law.
Email: ZoeFryer@lamar.colostate.edu

Sharmini Gingras

Sharmini Gingras Fields of Study: Political Theory, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Comparative Politics

About: Sharmini Gingras graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor's Degree in Law in 1997 and subsequently passed the Malaysian Bar exams in 1998. She taught English Constitutional Law, Land Law and Australian Administrative and Constitutional Law in Malaysia for partner universities such as Oxford Brookes University, University of London and University of Tasmania. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Malaya with a Master's in Law where she focused on International Constitutional Law, Advanced Administrative Law, International Human Rights Law and International Environmental Law. In 2003, she moved to Colorado with her husband. In 2013, she was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the Political Science department in Colorado State University. Her primary research revolves around green jobs and feminism in South East Asia.
Email: Sharmini.Gingras@colostate.edu

Katherine Heriot Hoffer

Katherine Heriot Hoffer Fields of Study: Environmental Politics and Policy, Public Administration and Public Policy, and American Politics.

About: Katherine received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University. Katherine's research interests include U.S. energy politics and policy and public lands. Katherine's past research appears in venues such as Publius: The Journal of Federalism and Policy Sciences.
Email: Katherine.hoffer@colostate.edu

Theresa Jedd

Theresa Jedd Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Environmental Policy and Politics, and International Relations

About: Theresa received her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University of Wyoming and a M.A. in Political Science at Colorado State University. Theresa's research interests include transboundary conservation, forest management, and climate policy. Her work has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Forestry, Environmental Science and Policy, and Global Environmental Politics. Theresa's teaching interests and experience includes global environmental politics, international organization, and current world problems.
Email: theresa.jedd@colostate.edu

Cassandra Koerner

Cassandra Koerner Fields of Study: Public Administration and Public Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and American Politics

About: Cassandra Koerner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Montana and a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University. Her current research interests focus on energy and environmental policy in the U.S., examining vacillating public opinion and its potential linkages to media coverage and individual patterns of information acquisition through new media sources. Ms. Koerner has published articles and book chapters regarding nuclear perceptions, carbon sequestration, international carbon markets, as well as other general energy and environmental issues.
Email: Cassandra.koerner@gmail.com

Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Public Administration and Public Policy.

About: While an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Amy studied the relationship between the meatpacking industry and agricultural migrancy along Colorado's Front Range. Before returning to graduate school, she founded and directed an award-winning nonprofit that provided valuable computer skills, including graphic design and web development, to families transitioning away from migrancy in the St. Vrain Valley school district. Her master's thesis, Saving Grace and the Environment, uses comparative social movement analysis to examine the role of the state in shaping the agenda of environmental-religious social movements in the US and Canada. As a doctoral candidate and instructor in political science at CSU, her interests have returned to industrial food production and she is now researching variation in competitive opportunities for opposition groups in the pesticide subsystems of the US, Mexico, and Canada. Amy was a CSU Martin Luther King Jr. fellow in 2010-2011. In October 2014, she was selected to deliver a TEDxCSU talk on the role of science in policy-making.
Email: amybrookelewis@gmail.com

Matthew Luizza

Matthew Luizza Fields of Study: Ecology

About: Matt is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, working with Dr. Michele Betsill (Political Science) and Dr. Paul Evangelista (Natural Resource Ecology Lab). His passion is bringing indigenous knowledge to the forefront of conservation planning through collaboration with rural communities in Ethiopia and Alaska. Specifically, his research integrates indigenous knowledge of the landscape with geospatial sciences, to map local environmental assets and assess their vulnerability to climate change and invasive species.
Email: mwluizza@rams.colostate.edu

Morgann Means

Morgann Means Fields of Study: Environmental Politics and Policy, Political Theory, and Public Administration and Public Policy

About: Morgann received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in 2010 and completed her M.A. in Political Science at Colorado State University in 2013. As a doctoral student, Morgann's primary research interests revolve around studying the diverse and highly contested conceptualizations of environmental sustainability both within the theoretical literature and in practice. Morgann is also passionate about engaging with transformative ecopolitical theories, such as social ecology and ecofeminism, and exploring the potential of these theoretical frameworks to inform political action and remediate pressing environmental concerns.
Email: mmeans@rams.colostate.edu

Matthew Nordaker

Matthew Nordaker Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, and International Relations

About: Matt attended New Mexico State University for his undergraduate degree where he majored in Economics. He then completed his M.A. in Government and International Relations from St. John's University at their Rome, Italy campus. His current research interests lie in the arena of global political and economic problems.
Email: matt.nordaker@gmail.com

Megan Ruxton

Megan Ruxton Fields of Study: American Politics, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Public Administration and Public Policy.

About: Megan is a PhD candidate with subfields in American politics, public administration and public policy, and environmental politics. Research interests include public attitudes on scientifically and technologically complex environmental issues, the intersection between science and policy, and voting behavior. She is in the early stages of dissertation research, and will be focusing on how trust in government and perceptions of risk and sacrifice affect public attitudes regarding environmental government programs in Canada and the United States.
Email: mruxton@gmail.com