Deserai Anderson Crow


Deserai Anderson Crow

University of Colorado
UCB 397
Boulder, CO 80309-0397

Tel: 303-492-0364

Assistant Professor Deserai Anderson Crow is on the Environmental Studies faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and affiliated with the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research. She joined the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008 and moved to the Environmental Studies Program in 2012. Crow earned her PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs.

Her research interests include environmental policy and the role that mass media and other factors play in policy decisions. She is particularly interested in environmental issues in the western United States. Her current research  includes studies on environmental reporting trends, communication in environmental policymaking, and stakeholder use of environmental messaging strategies. Her previous research focuses on the adoption of non-consumptive recreational water rights by Colorado communities and the factors that influenced policy change within these communities, including mass media, policy entrepreneurs, stakeholder group involvement, and citizen engagement. 

After earning her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she worked as a broadcast reporter, anchor, and producer in Nebraska, West Virginia, California, Colorado Springs, and Denver.

Highlighted Publications

Teaching Millennials to engage THE environment instead of THEIR environment: A pedagogical analysis (2016)

Public Information and Regulatory Processes: What the Public Knows and Regulators Decide (2016)

Learning in the Aftermath of Extreme Floods: Community Damage and Stakeholder Perceptions of Future Risk (2016)

Environmental Rulemaking Across States: Process, Procedural Access, and Regulatory Influence (2015)

Information, Resources, and Management Priorities: Agency Outreach and Mitigation of Wildfire Risk in the Western United States (2015)

Learning processes, public and stakeholder engagement: Analyzing responses to Colorado’s extreme flood events of 2013 (2015)

Wildfire Outreach and Citizen Entrepreneurs in the Wildland–Urban Interface: A Cross-Case Analysis in Colorado (2015)

Evaluating Informational Inputs in Rulemaking Processes: A Cross-Case Analysis (2015)

Learning Processes, Public and Stakeholder Engagement: Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013 (2014, Sabatier Award Winner for Best Conference Paper)

Policy Learning and Community Recovery: Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013 (2014)

Using the Narrative Policy Framework to Understand Stakeholder Strategy and Effectiveness: A Multi-Case Analysis (2014)

Understanding a Period of Policy Change: The Case of Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Policy in Colorado (2014)

Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes our Common Future (2014)

“Conservation” as a Catalyst for Conflict: Considering Stakeholder Understanding in Policy Making (2013)

Local Science Reporting Relies on Generalists, Not Specialists (2012)

Citizen Engagement in Local Environmental Policy: Information, Mobilization, and Media (2012)

Policy Diffusion and Innovation: Media and Experts in Colorado Recreational Water Rights (2012)

News Coverage and Access to Contextual Policy Information in the Case of Recreational Water Rights in Colorado (2011)

Local Media and Experts: Sources of Environmental Policy Initiation? (2010)

Policy Entrepreneurs, Issue Experts, and Water Rights Policy Change in Colorado (2010)

Policy Punctuations in Colorado Water Law: The Breakdown of a Monopoly (2010)