Zander Albertson

Instructor · he/him


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. 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.


BS Geography, Western Oregon University; MA Environmental Studies, Western Washington University

Research Interests

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Albertson, Zander. “Constructing the Klamath: Nature, Culture, and the Management of a Western River.” Society & Natural Resources 32, no. 7 (July 2019): 790–806.

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
ENVS 203 / Physical Geography ENVS 303 / Human Ecology & Ethics ENVS 305 / Environmental History & Policy
ENVS 319 / Research & Writing ENVS 426 / Water Resources ENVS 332 / Pacific Northwest
ENVS 355 / Environmental Law & Policy ENVS 450 / Science in the Policy Process ENVS 417 / Sci Mgmt Contaminated Sites
ENVS 450 / Science in the Policy Process HNRS 354 / Why We Disagree About Climate Change ENVS 426 / Water Resources
    ENVS 456 / Environmental Governance 
    PLSC 420 / Environmental Politics