Dr. Michelle O. Stewart

Instructor of Environmental Studies

Dr. Michelle O. Stewart teaches in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Distance Education program at Unity College. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder; a M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz; and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. From 2011-2012, she was a doctoral fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. From 2013-2016, she was the Pick Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Amherst College. From 2016-2017, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University’s Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Since 2017, Michelle has been teaching online with the University of Colorado (Department of Geography) and the University of Denver (Environmental Management and Policy M.A. Program) and is the Colorado Geography Steward for National Geographic Society.

Michelle’s teaching and research center on the study of environmental politics, spanning the politics of conservation, environmental knowledge, sustainability, and natural resource governance. Her ethnographic research in Tibet has taken her to high alpine grasslands over 14,000 feet elevation where she lived with and learned from Tibetan caterpillar fungus collectors as an IIE Fulbright-China Fellow and NSF grantee. Her research collaboration with USDA and Colorado State University has taken her onto the Pawnee Grasslands in Colorado to learn how best to implement collaborative adaptive rangeland management programs that advance both conservation and production goals. Michelle has taught an array of undergraduate and graduate Environmental Studies courses, including: US Environmental Politics and Policy; Global Environmental Politics; Environmental Justice; Conservation Social Science; Knowing Nature – The Politics of Environmental Knowledge; Climate Politics and COP21; Organic Farming Politics and Practice; Introduction to Environmental Studies; China Geography; and Global Environmental Policy and Law.

At present, Michelle lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, two sons, and their family Tibetan Mountain dog. As a Colorado native, Michelle is delighted to return to mountain living. When not in the virtual classroom, Michelle can be found outside skiing, hiking, running, mountain biking or otherwise recreating with her family.