Michelle O. Stewart, PhD
Michelle joins SIT Study Abroad with fifteen years of teaching and international research experience in environmental politics and natural resource governance. She holds a PhD in human-environment geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, an MA in environmental studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and a BA in environmental science from the University of Notre Dame. She was a doctoral fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Program on Science, Technology, and Society and the Pick Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Amherst College from 2013 to 2016. As an IIE Fulbright-China Fellow and repeated NSF grantee, Michelle’s ethnographic research in Tibet has taken her to high alpine grasslands over 14,000 feet elevation to examine the rare and lucrative Tibetan caterpillar fungus economy. She has conducted original research in Tanzania, Nepal, Venezuela, and China and has taught an array of undergraduate and graduate courses on natural resource management, sustainability leadership, environmental politics and policy, environmental justice, and organic farming. Michelle’s recent research collaboration with the USDA and Colorado State University has taken her onto the Pawnee Grasslands in Colorado to examine the politics and practice of collaborative adaptive resource management. Michelle teaches at the University of Denver’s Distance Education MA Program of Environmental Policy and Management and is the Colorado Geography Steward with National Geographic Society.