Liberal Arts and International Studies
Adrianne Kroepsch is an environmental governance scholar with interdisciplinary training and a research focus on the relationship between extractive industries and communities in the American West. More specifically, she studies unconventional oil and gas extraction in Colorado with a focus on conflict and compromise between community, industry and state actors, as partly mediated by technology. Additional areas of study include environmental and science communication, water politics and policy, community learning and adaptation to wildfire and the human relationship to the subsurface—all with an emphasis on the American West. She draws theoretically and methodologically from political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental history and environmental policy. Kroepsch prioritizes cross-disciplinary collaboration and public engagement in her work. She earned a MA and PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in geography and environmental studies, respectively. While at CU, she was also a graduate instructor and researcher at the Center of the American West and a co-founder of the Colorado Water and Energy Center. Her undergraduate degree is in science and technology studies from Cornell University. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kroepsch worked for several years as a journalist, covering science and technology policy in Washington, D.C.