I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Oregon. In 2013, I received my B.A. in Sociology at Humboldt State University and in 2018 received my M.S. in Sociology at the University of Oregon. My research explores the social and institutional dynamics that shape public (stolen) land management decision-making. I have taught classes such as Community, Environment, & Society as well as Research Methods.
My dissertation titled, “The Socio-Cultural Use of Science in Land Management”, is an institutional ethnography that explores how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) organizationally makes and implements decisions about the best management strategies for wild horse and burro populations. The wild horse and burro case is an example of a politically, ethically, and economically charged unsustainable public lands issue, comparative to other charismatic megafauna and non-native debates globally. The science used in BLM’s decision-making is complex, politicized, and controversial. As a settler scholar, I am particularly interested in how settler institutions, such as the BLM, engage with Indigenous communities on which whose land they are federally assigned to manage. This study hopes to shed light on the processes by which contested science is vetted through a bureaucratic organization and how colonial cultural perceptions of nature shape the ways in which organizations manage landscapes and charismatic megafauna today.
My article, “Is Public Participation Public Inclusion? The Role of Comments in US Forest Service Decision-Making”, published in Environmental Management examines the role public comments play in Environmental Impact Assessments as well as the institutional barriers that agency employees face for comment incorporation. Since publishing, I am engaging with the Willamette National Forest in discussions about how they incorporate and think about public participation and comments.
- De’Arman, Kindra Jesse. 2020. “Is Public Participation Public Inclusion? The Role of Comments in US Forest Service Decision-Making”. Environmental Management 66(1):91-104. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-020-01278-5
Outside of research and teaching, I am also a Student Representative for the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) and serve on their Mentorship, Student Affairs, Ethics, and Site Selection committees.
Above all, I enjoy trail running, gardening, and spending as much time outside as possible.