I am an Associate
Professor of Environmental Politics & Policy at Bucknell University in the Environmental Studies Program. My research topics are environmental politics, water politics, environmental
conflict, public opinion, protests. My most recent work has been on
public opinion and environmental protests in Kyrgyzstan.
Previously, I worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as an Environmental and Economics Officer (EEO) in their Osh
Field Office, Kyrgyzstan (2006-2007). I was an Assistant Professor in
the Political Science and Women's Studies departments at Northeastern Illinois University from 2002-2005, and a Visiting Lecturer at the American University in Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 2001), Tbilisi State
University and Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi,
Georgia; 1999-2000). During my time lecturing in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, I worked
for the Civic Education Project, and served as the Academic
Coordinator for the Caucasus (1999-2000).
I received my M.A. in International Studies and Ph.D. in International Relations and Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University's School of Politics and Economics (SPE) in 2002. My dissertation was entitled, Silent Chernobyls: Ecological
Degradation, Macroeconomic Policies & Political Institutions, and
included a case study of the Aral Sea crisis. In 1995, I received my B.A. at Syracuse University's Maxwell School in Political Science and Russian Language, Literature, and