I study the sociocultural dimensions of environmental problems and the politics of environmental knowledge. Understanding the environment as a medium through which larger debates play out, I am especially interested in the ways nature acquires meaning and becomes legible in social and technical contexts. I also enjoy considering paradox, ambiguity, and contradiction in environmental politics. My teaching centers around cultivating students capable of engaging problems characterized by competing values, environmental change, and incomplete knowledge.
I teach courses in environmental politics and history, physical geography, and the American West.
- Environmental politics
- US public lands
- Sociology of science
- Cultural theory and risk perception
- American West
- Water politics & river restoration
- Scientific and environmental controversies
- Environmental History
- Political Ecology
- Neff, Mark W., and Zander Albertson. “Does Higher Education Prepare Students to Bridge Divides in Today’s Democracy?” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 10, no. 2 (June 2020): 196–204.
- Albertson, Zander. “Constructing the Klamath: Nature, Culture, and the Management of a Western River.” Society & Natural Resources 32, no. 7 (July 2019): 790–806.
|Winter 2024||Spring 2024|
|ENVS 203: Physical Geography||ENVS 203: Physical Geography||ENVS 203: Physical Geography|
|ENVS 303: Human Ecology & Ethics||ENVS 450/550: Science in the Policy Process||ENVS 305: Environmental History & Policy|
|ENVS 319: Research and Writing in Environmental Studies||HNRS 215: Physical Geography Colloquia||ENVS 417: Sci Mgmt Contaminated Sites|
|HNRS 350: Why We Disagree About Climate Change||PLSC 420: Environmental Politics||ENVS 426: Water Resources|
|PLSC 435: Climate Change Politics||ENVS 451: Public Land Conflict & Collaboration|
|SMNR 101: First Year Seminar|