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Political Science

Stefanie Wickstrom

Senior Lecturer

PhD Political Science, University of Oregon 2001 – comparative politics, political theory, political ecology.  Dissertation: “The political ecology of development and indigenous resistance in Panama and the United States: a comparative study of the Ngöbe, Kuna, Zuni and Skokomish societies”

MA Latin American Studies, University of Arizona 1992 – Chican@ literature, literature of the Mexican Revolution, history, political science


Contact Information:


Comparative Environmental Politics (POSC 460)
International Environmental Politics (POSC 470)
American Indian Politics and Sovereignty (POSC 411)
Introduction to Environmental Politics (POSC 298)
Dimensions of Environmental Conflict (IDS 398)

Teaching philosophy:

Empower students to ask and answer their own questions

Community service: 

Board of Directors of Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) and APOYO food bank

Research interests include:

social movements, environmental justice, identity politics, and environmental history

Selected publications:

Mestizaje and Globalization: Transformations of Identity and Power (14-chapter edited volume with Philip D. Young). University of Arizona Press – 2014.

“The Border: Los Magonistas, prensa revolucionaria en los Estados Unidos y la trayectoria oculta de una revista de la frontera.” In Identidades Transfronterizas, Migración y Cultura Chicana, edited by Roberto Sánchez Benítez, Carlos Vélez-Ibañez, Salvador Jara Guerrero, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt). México: Plaza y Valdés Editores – 2011.

“Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?” In Environmental Justice in Latin America: Problems, Promise, and Practice, edited by David V. Carruthers, MIT Press – 2008.

“The Politics of Forbidden Liaisons: Civilization, Miscegenation, and Other Perversions.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26:3 – 2005. 

“Indigenous Rights, Water, and Development in Washington State: The Skokomish and the Yakamas” (co-authored with Rex S. Wirth and Emily Washines). In Derechos Humanos y Pueblos Indígenas: Tendencias Internacionales y el Contexto Chileno, edited by José Aylwin O., 260-275. Temuco Chile: Instituto de Estudios Indígenas and Universidad de la Frontera – 2004.

“The Politics of Development in Indigenous Panama.” Latin American Perspectives 131:4 – 2003.

“Competing Views: Indian Nations and Sovereignty in the Intergovernmental System of the United States” (co-authored with Rex S. Wirth). American Indian Quarterly 26:4 – 2002.

And coming soon – Grass: An Environmental History of the Kittitas Valley