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Adrianne Kroepsch is an assistant professor in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division at the Colorado School of Mines, where she studies and teaches about environmental governance in the American West.  

Prior to joining the faculty at CSM, Adrianne worked as a graduate researcher and instructor at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado-Boulder and as a journalist covering science and technology policy in Washington, DC. 

Adrianne has a PhD in Environmental Studies and an MA in Geography, both from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Her undergraduate degree is in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University.  


I study environmental governance in the American West with an emphasis on how discourse, data, and deliberation shape governance processes and outcomes.  Broadly speaking, I study how people define environmental problems and develop solutions for them.  I currently have active projects on water, energy (oil and gas), and wildfire.

My academic background is interdisciplinary, with training primarily in social science and secondarily in hydrology.  In my current research, I draw theoretically and methodologically from literatures in human-environment geography, science and technology studies, and environmental policy and communication.  I utilize mixed research methods, such as in-depth interviews, participant observation, media and document analysis, and surveys.  I make public engagement and outreach a focus of my scholarship.


  • U.S. Water Politics & Policy (HASS 484/584)

  • Environmental Communication (HASS 419/525)

  • Global Studies: Environment (HASS 200)

  • Nature and Human Values (HASS 100)


  • akroepsch (at)

  • 303-384-2565

  • Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, Colorado, 80401