Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
Shawn Olson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she received BA in Environmental Studies and Social Movements from The Evergreen State College. Since then, she’s roved the West, spending several seasons as an environmental educator in Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains and as a wilderness therapy field leader in the deserts of south-central Utah. At CU, she looks forward to studying the politics, history, and ideological polarizations that lead to conflicts over public lands in the American West.
Shawn is the co-author of two books: Defending Wild Washington: A Citizen’s Action Guide (Mountaineers Books, 2004) and Community and Copper in a Wild Land (Wrangell Mountains Center & National Park Service, 2005).