Ph.D , CEEP
Kathleen received her Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from CEEP with a dissertation that looked at the displacement of people associated with nuclear technology projects located in Hanford, Washington (USA); Chernobyl, Ukraine, and a proposed project for Jaitapur, Maharashtra, India. Most people think of the problems associated with nuclear technology as ones related to radiation exposure, environmental spoilage, and waste accumulation, problems that can be “solved” with more advanced technologies. This dissertation highlighted the social, psychological, and cultural impacts of the construction, operation, and eventual shuttering of large scale nuclear facilities—impacts that cannot be overcome by new and improved technology and ones not adequately addressed in current policies and procedures.
Kathleen currently serves as a Member of the Faculty in the Graduate Program on the Environment at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She teaches core courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, thesis research preparation, ecological and social sustainability, and electives related to energy technology and policy.