Fields of Study: Environmental Politics and Policy, Public Administration and Public Policy, Comparative Politics
About: Shae Rupinsky is a first-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. For her professional project, Shae focused on telling the story of local grassroots movements to secure clean water in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. She also obtained a certificate in the environment, society, and policy. Driven by what she learned about Puerto Rico and environmental law as well as a desire to further her research skills, Shae plans to study water issues in the United States and abroad.