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Sarah Surak teaches in both the Environmental Studies and
Political Science Departments. Her areas of expertise include
environmental politics, environmental political theory, social
theory, industrial ecology, comparative politics and German
politics. She holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and
Globalization from Virginia Tech. Her dissertation, entitled
"Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a Critical Space for Vehicle
Disposal Practices," analyzes the policies and theories
underlying German vehicle recycling laws.
Surak holds a BA in political science and a Masters of Public
Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Before returning to school to complete her Ph.D., she worked for
five years coordinating campus greening activities at the
University of Tennessee--first as a recycling coordinator and
then as the sustainability manager. She has presented her
research at a variety of conferences ranging from the
international Society of Solid Waste Management and Technology
to the American Political Science Association annual meeting.