Ph.D Candidate, CEEP
Kathleen is a PhD candidate, Research Associate, and Teaching Assistant in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy with an interest in energy issues and related policies. Although her BS in Chemical Engineering gave her the technical understanding of energy processes, and her MA in Management helped her to understand the business perspective, it was a trip to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and its exclusion zone (in 2006) that ignited her drive to better understand the rationale behind choices of energy technologies, particularly nuclear power. While completing her Masters of Environmental Studies and later serving as adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College, Kathleen also worked on the Enduring Legacies Native Cases project, writing teaching cases about renewable energy and Native American communities. That work and a visit with the people of the dam submergence areas of the Narmada Valley in India gave her a deep appreciation of the social and cultural dimensions of energy issues. Kathleen continues that thread as she explores the dislocation of people associated with the use of nuclear energy in her dissertation research.