Tzoumis earned her BS in Distributed Studies of Chemistry, Microbiology, and
Zoology from Iowa State University in 1985.
She completed her MPA from Iowa State University with an emphasis in
Environmental Policy and Regulation in 1987.
In 1992, she finished her PhD from Texas A&M University in Political
Science/Public Administration with a second major in American Government and a
third major in Environmental Policy. She was a Congressional Fellow for the US
Department of Energy to former Senator Paul Simon where she worked on environmental
and science policy on Capitol Hill. She
is also a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar recipient in 2003 and taught at
the Politechnico di Torino classes Environmental Law and Policy after learning
Italian. She has been invited to speak
about her research at the Tongji University on Environmental Treaties and
Governance, the University of Chicago on the Kyoto Protocol and Environmental
Treaties, and for the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
entering academe, she worked in the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National
Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.
She also worked in the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington,
DC. Her work focused on the remediation
and cleanup of the legacy of the nuclear weapons and other toxic
chemicals. She was a Superfund program
manager, and external liaison for the US Department of Energy. She has taught at Elmhurst College, Roosevelt
University, and Johns Hopkins University.
She received Teacher of the Year award in 2002 for her outstanding
teaching at Roosevelt University.
research interests include environmental policy within the US as well as
internationally, congressional and presidential framing of environmental
issues, and specifically topics such as environmental justice, wetlands, the
Great Lakes, and wildlife policies, brownfield redevelopment, and
implementation of environmental policies through executive orders, rulemakings,
and environmental impact statements. She has published a book in 2001 titled Environmental Policy Making in Congress
from 1789-1999: Issue Definitions of Wetlands, the Great Lakes, and Wildlife
Policies. She has also published 13 articles, and a
couple book chapters, and many conference papers. She enjoys publishing with students and her
colleagues using longitudinal studies.
has been a peer reviewer for nine different presses, and served a co-editor for
the Environmental Practice journal by Cambridge University Press from
2008 to 2013. She has served as the
chairperson for the Department of Public Policy Studies from 2004 to 2013, and
continues to serve on several of the student-focused committees such as All University
Board, Academic Integrity Committee, and LAS College Curriculum Committee. She is a peer reviewer and team-lead for the
Higher Learning Commission since 2003 that is the accrediting body for this
region. She has also received several grants.
has recently published a peer review article on environmental executive orders
from Presidents FDR to Obama with a PPS student. She is completing several research projects
which include international water distribution, and an update to the ratings of
environmental impact statements (both with students from DePaul University). She is also completing a grant that evaluates
the quality of writing in PPS classes, as well as the impact from using Writing
Fellows in courses. This is funded with
a grant from the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Programs at DePaul
University and is being produced in conjunction with the DePaul Writing Center.