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Faculty Fellow

Sarah Michaels

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems

Dr. Sarah Michaels is a professor in the Political Science Department and is a faculty fellow with the Public Policy Center. She is one of eleven faculty members hired through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Water Resources Research Initiative. She teaches courses in public policy. Dr. Michaels was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and a Gilbert F. White Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. Michaels comes to the University of Nebraska from the University of Waterloo in Canada where she was Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Planning. Her research interests are in water resources policy and governance, the interfaces between science-and policy, comparative environmental policy and regional governance.

Please visit http://polisci.unl.edu/sarah-michaels for more information about Dr. Michaels.


Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado

Master of Resource Management, Natural Resources Management, Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Independent Studies, Stormwater Management, University of Waterloo


Michaels, S. (2015). Probabilistic forecasting and the reshaping of flood risk management. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 7, 41-51.
Gruszczynski, M. W., & Michaels, S. (2014). Localized concerns, scientific argumentation, framing and federalism: The case of Devils Lake water diversion. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 6(2-3), 173-193.
Michaels, S., Holmes, J., & Shaxson, L. (2014). Science communication and the tension between evidence-based and inclusive features of policy making. In Drake, J. L., Kontar, Y. Y., & Rife, G. (Eds.), Advances in natural and technological hazards research: The nature of communication (Vol. 38) (pp. 83-92). Springer International.