Katrina Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Political Science.
She was a
postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University's Harriman Institute in
2002-2003, taught in the political science department at Penn State
University in 2001-2002, and received her Ph.D. in political science in
2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her primary research interests are in environmental politics. She is currently studying the politics of ecosystem restoration in the Florida Everglades, which is a departure from her previous geographic focus on the former Soviet region. Her book, Nature and National Identity after Communism: Globalizing the Ethnoscape, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (2006), explores the interweaving of discourses of nature and nation through case studies of nature management and rural development policy conflicts in Latvia. She has published articles on this topic in Environmental Politics, Political Geography, Cultural Geographies, and East European Politics & Societies. Her research has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, IREX, and the MacArthur Global Studies Consortium.