I am an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell where I teach classes in Science, Technology, and Society; Environmental Studies; and Cultural Studies.  A Geographer by training, I am interested in complex relationships between nature, culture, and power.  These interests are rooted in a deep commitment to interdisciplinary study and engaged scholarship, as well as extensive fieldwork within environmental and health justice communities.  As both teacher and scholar, my work depends upon thoughtful integration of the social and natural sciences.   I believe that academic scholarship must take seriously both the utility of scientific knowledge as well as the historically and politically situated nature of its content, understanding networks of power and politics as defining features of social and scientific change.

My work on health and the environment extends beyond the academy as well.  Over the past decade, I have worked with advocacy and stakeholder groups at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to improve cleanup policy and worker safety.  I currently represent Citizens for a Clean Eastern Washington on the Hanford Advisory Board—a multi-stakeholder body that develops policy advice and recommendations for the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and Washington Department of Ecology.  I am also a mentor and collaborator for the project “Inheriting Hanford,” a mentorship community that engages young people in discussions about the nuclear future. 







The Columbia River and two of Hanford's nine reactors are behind me in this shot. Photo by Liz Mattson