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Kelly Tzoumis

Kelly Tzo​umis 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. Professor Tzoumis was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Scholar recipient in Environmental Studies (2003) and taught Environmental Treaties and Governance at the Politecnico di Torino. Professor Tzoumis learned Italian to teach the lecture classes. Currently, she is working with Dr. C. Cassetta at the Urban Policy and Planning Department at the Politecnico di Torino to build an international component to the PPS 334 course titled, Sustainable Land Revitalization and Brownfields Policy. This is in support of the DePaul Global Learning Engagement Initiative which is part of the DePaul Strategic Plan. 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 Agency.

Before 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.

Her 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, rule-makings, and environmental impact statements. She 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, a couple of book chapters, and many conference papers. She enjoys publishing with students and her colleagues, using longitudinal studies.

She has been a peer reviewer for nine different presses, and has served as co-editor for the Environmental Practice Journal by Cambridge University Press from 2008 to 2013. She 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 has also been a peer reviewer and team-lead for the accrediting body for this region, Higher Learning Commission, since 2003. She has also received several grants.

She has recently published a peer reviewed article; 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.