Hi. I'm Gwen. I'm currently an assistant professor of environmental policy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, where I am also affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program. I am an affiliated faculty member at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.
In Summer 2013, I will be joining the faculty at University of California, Davis's Department of Environmental Science and Policy as an assistant professor.
In 2012 I graduated from Indiana University's public policy PhD program, a joint degree program housed in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. My advisor and commitee chair was Dr. Elinor Ostrom. To learn more about her amazing life, this video is a good place to start.
My research interests include the use and interpretation of scientific information by street-level bureaucrats; bureaucratic adoption and implementation of science policy innovations; assessment of wetland and ecosystem services, functions, and values; adaptive management and policy learning; and how institutional imperatives affect the function of large natural resource bureaucracies. Much of my research focuses on wetlands, resources that are critically important but too often overlooked.
I enjoy teaching and take it seriously. Many students pay for their education with expensive loans and significant personal sacrifice. University instructors need to offer them educational opportunities commensurately valuable.
When I'm not busy with academic pursuits you'll find me incurring various sports-related injuries, watching Michigan football, and playing outside with the best dog on the face of the earth (his name is Foster).
You can contact me at gwendolyn (dot) arnold (at) gmail (dot) com.