Teena Gabrielson

Dean · she/her


My research focuses on environmental political theory, environmental justice, feminist theory, and understandings of citizenship. I am a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016) and have published in both edited volumes and journals such as Environmental Politics, Citizenship Studies, Environmental Humanities, Political Research Quarterly and the American Journal of Political Science.

My dedication to teaching has been acknowledged with awards from both students and peers at each of the institutions where I’ve held formal appointments. For the last eight years, much of my time has been committed to administration as a department head and then associate dean at the University of Wyoming. In those roles, I have worked to advance norms, procedures, and policies that promote student success, enhance diversity, advance equity, and generate a more inclusive academic community.

I am thrilled to serve as the next Dean of the College of the Environment at Western Washington University and honored to work with such a talented and dedicated group of students, faculty, staff, and community and campus partners. To read more, please see our "Meet the Dean" page here: https://cenv.wwu.edu/meet-dean.  


PhD Political Science, University of California, Davis; MA Political Science, University of California, Davis; BA Political Science, Macalester College

Research Interests

Environmental justice

Environmental citizenship

Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education