Education: PhD. Conservation Biology and a focus on Social Science & Policy, University of Minnesota, B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Grinnell College
Rachel Brummel came to Luther in 2014 and retains affiliations with both the Environmental Studies program and Political Science Department. Dr. Brummel completed her undergraduate education in biology and environmental studies at Grinnell College (2003) and PhD. at the University in Minnesota (2010, Conservation Biology), focusing on political and social facets of environmental conservation. Prior to coming to Luther, Dr. Brummel taught in the Environmental Studies program at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Dr. Brummel teaches courses such as Environmental Politics & Policy, Environment & Community, Rivers & Society, and a J-term course entitled “Society and the Sixth Mass Extinction.” In her research, Brummel examines political and community-level responses to transboundary environmental change. Some of her recent projects include wildfire policy in the U.S. and Australia, the politics of invasive Asian carp in Minnesota, and U.S. pollinator conservation policy.