The Energy, Environment, and Security Project at Colorado College

at 14 E Cache la Poudre St, Colorado Springs, 80903 United States

The Energy, Environment, and Security Project at Colorado College
14 E Cache la Poudre St
Colorado Springs , CO 80903
United States
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The Energy, Environment and Security Project is a student-led think tank at Colorado College, founded in 2011. Meet our team: Andrew Price-Smith is the director of EESP. Promoted to Associate Professor of Political Science in 2010 at Colorado College, he also served as Interim Chair of Environmental Science in 2010. Price-Smith is author of several books including Contagion and Chaos: Disease, Ecology and National Security in the Era of Globalization (MIT Press, 2009) which won a Choice Magazine Award for Outstanding Academic Volume of 2009. His other volumes include The Health of Nations (MIT Press, 2002) which was short-listed for the Grawemeyer Award; and Plagues and Politics (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2001). Prof. Price-Smith has testified on climate change, disease, and international security before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee, and acted as advisor for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the US Department of Defense. He has also served as advisor to the United States Institute of Peace, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and for the private sector. He specializes in analyses of the effects of disease, environmental change, and energy scarcity on the security of nations. He has been invited to lecture in the USA, the UK, France, Canada, Costa Rica, and Norway, including institutions such as the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Toronto. Andrew was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Philip Angelides is a research associate and the student chair. Philip will graduate from Colorado College (CC) in 2013 with a major in History/Political Science and minors in Environmental Issues and Global Health. He is from Houston, Texas and in high school he interned for the Energy Forum at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he first developed his passion for environmentalstudies and energy policy. In college, Philip also interned for Pediatric Infectious Disease at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Denver branch of Green America, where he began to carve out his interests in global environmental health, energy security, and infectious disease. This past summer he did guest research on health geographics for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his time at CC he has spent multiple months studying in Greece, Spain, Israel, Netherlands, Costa Rica,Brazil, and wants to pursue a career that can merge his interests in international relations, global health, energy security, and environmental issues. Amber Burkhart is a research associate. Amber will graduate in 2014 with a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Global Health. Amber was raised in Portland, Oregon but has spent a significant portion of her life living internationally. Her international experiences have fueled her passion for human security. During Amber’s freshman year at Colorado College, she received a grant from the college to conduct independent research in Chwele, Kenya. With the grant, she was able to spend the summer of 2010 examining development interventions by first world aid organizations. Amber is planning to study abroad in New Delhi, India, spring semester of 2013, with a program that focuses on the political economy of health in Asia. She hopes to continue her academic interests in international development and human security by attending graduate school in the future. Katie Dougherty is a research associate. Katie will graduate from Colorado College in 2014 with a major in Political Science (focus in International Relations) and a minor in Spanish. She is bilingual and has visited Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and, most recently, Chile. As a college freshman, she interned with Senator Mark Begich in her home state of Alaska, garnering interest in state and nation-wide issues such as energy development and security. Katie has since also worked as a paralegal in the preeminent law firm of Feldman Orlansky and Sanders, more directly honing and applying her academic knowledge of environmental law and policy. She hopes to aid the production and litigation of environmental law in Latin America. Chris Edmonds is a research associate. Chris will graduate from Colorado College in 2014 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Issues. A native of Portland, Oregon, he found a passion has for energy and environmental issues on the trails, bike boulevards, and walkable neighborhoods he grew up using. His interest in policy started before his studies at Colorado College when he co-chaired the Multnomah Youth Commission and fought for youth voice and rights in the areas of health, education, and the environment. Recently, he worked for the Portland energy and youth development non-profit Focus the Nation conducting research on higher education solar projects. His interest also extends to the social dimension of sustainability; Chris worked with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to engage underprivileged and under-serviced youth collecting their opinions on housing, safety, and lot utilization in their neighborhood. Ariella Knight is a research associate for EESP. Ariella will graduate from Colorado College in 2013 with a major in Political Science. After graduating high school in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, Ariella spent a semester in Varanasi, India where she first developed her interest in international relations and global health. In college she developed her passion for political science to encompass international relations in the Middle East North Africa region and global energy politics. During her junior year studying abroad at the Institute de Sciences Politiques in Paris, Ariella interned with the Global Forum for Counter Radicalization where she researched strategies for international conflict resolution. Ariella spent this past summer in Paris interning for the diplomatic advisor to the president of the French senate. She would like to pursue a career that can merge her interests with international relations and global health equity. Ellery Miller is a research associate. Ellery will graduate from Colorado College in 2014 with a major in Environmental Policy and a minor in Spanish. She is from Windsor, CO and developed a keen interest in environmental issues at a young age while participating in outdoor activities and conservation efforts in Rockies. Last year, Ellery spent five months in Argentina to study Spanish and Politics. Ellery is currently working as a research associate for the Colorado College Environmental Energy Security Project, a member of the Colorado College Microfinance Club and active in Amnesty International. In the future, Ellery hopes to obtain a position in Environmental Policy and Sustainability. Kai Ory is a research associate. Kai will graduate from Colorado College in 2013 with a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Environmental Issues. He had the opportunity to study European energy policy in Denmark during his junior year. Combining his major and minor, Kai is most interested in energy economics and hopes to continue to gain experience in that field. Recently, Kai has begun researching a market-based mechanism to foster energy efficiency in the residential sector. Growing up in the Seattle area, Kai developed an appreciation for the outdoors at an early age and likes to spend his weekends skiing or camping when he can. As a research associate for EESP, Kai hopes to continue conducting research in his areas of interest, while also creating a forum of discussion for CC students on the important energy, environment, and security issues that we currently face. Carl Slater is a research associate. Carl will graduate from Colorado College in 2013 with a major in History/Political Science and a minor in Russian. Carl, a Maryland native with strong western roots, credits his work this summer on the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with cultivating his interest in energy and resources policy. He is interested in energy and resources development in former Soviet Republics, particularly central Asia. Additionally, Carl is interested in domestic energy policy questions, especially concerning the contributions government can make to the development and commercialization of new energy technologies. Carl’s collegiate study abroad experience wrests in Crimea, Ukraine, where he studied the post-communist transition through the lens of the Crimean Tatars. Lastly, as an enrolled member of the formerly uranium producing Navajo Nation, Carl is acutely aware of the dangers of government malfeasance in relation to energy policy and resources development. David Swift is a research associate. David will graduate from Colorado College in 2013 with a major in International Political Economy on a pre-medicine track. He grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has always had a passion for international development through economic, political, and scientific analysis. At Colorado College the courses that David has taken range from Organic Chemistry, to Energy Politics, to Micro Biology. In college, David has done independent research for a semester in Costa Rica, where his research focused on publicly funded child nutrition centers, and the role the centers play in early childhood development. He is currently the Development Director for the Zuia Project, which is a non-profit organization housed at Colorado College. The organization is dedicated to building community partnership abroad through undergraduate led initiatives that facilitate capacity building in impoverished communities. David’s summers in college have been spent as a camp counselor and backcountry guide in the Colorado Rockies. He hopes to pursue a career in public health in partnership with epidemiology on an international level. Camilla Vogt is a research associate. Camilla will graduate from Colorado College in May 2013 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is originally from Boston, MA and is grateful for the opportunity to have lived abroad in various capacities over the years: as an au pair, a student, an international volunteer and an independent researcher. Camilla has long fostered a love of food and travel. In the specialized vernacular of political scientists, this passion is now agriculture and international affairs. She spent last summer working at the OPEC conference in Vienna, serving as a logistical assistant to the ministers, and at the US Department of Agriculture, on their local and regional food systems initiative. She cares deeply about food security, agricultural sustainability and conflict resolution. Presently Camilla is working on a thesis that will address the nexus of environmental vulnerability and civil unrest. Her immediate post-graduate plan is to become a one woman language learner, and work on fluency in both French and Spanish.

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