Fields of Study: American Politics, Environmental Politics and Policy, Public Administration and Public Policy
About: Shae Rupinsky is a second-year Ph.D. student who received her B.A. in international development at West Virginia University with a minor in geography. This interdisciplinary degree is what first sparked Shae’s interest in understanding the complexity of environmental issues. She went on to get her Master’s degree in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder with aim of bridging the gap between academic and public knowledge. Now, she plans to focus her research on political communication to better understand how climate change is conceptualized and discussed in the media.