Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues.
Although Carolyn pursed an acting career for eleven years, a backpacking trip around the world, a solo trip through East Africa, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, she returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. While working on her PhD at Clark University, Dr. Finney won both a Fulbright and Canon National Parks Science Scholar Fellowship.