Assistant Professor Deserai Anderson Crow is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism. She joined the faculty in 2008 and teaches broadcast news and media studies courses. Professor Crow earned her Ph.D. from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include environmental policy and the role that mass media and other factors play in policy decisions.
She is particularly interested in environmental issues in the Western United States. Her dissertation, completed in 2008, focuses on the adoption of non-consumptive recreational water rights by Colorado communities and the factors that influenced policy change within these communities, including mass media, policy entrepreneurs, stakeholder group involvement, and citizen engagement. After earning her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she worked as a broadcast reporter, anchor, and producer in Nebraska, West Virginia, California, Colorado Springs, and Denver.