Professor and Director of Environmental Policy and Decision Making
BA, Marquette University, 1995
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
Rachel DeMotts' teaching and research interests lie in the environmental politics of sub-Saharan Africa. She studies the ways in which people participate in and are affected by conservation, including human-wildlife conflict, peace parks and transfrontier protected areas, livelihood impacts of tourism, community-based conservation, and gendered differences in natural resource access and use. Professor DeMotts has worked and lived in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Mozambique, conducting research and cooperating with local environmental and human rights organizations that focus on trying to ensure that local residents benefit from parks and tourism. She teaches classes in both Politics and Government and the Environmental Policy and Decision-Making Program, including Africa-specific courses and Global Environmental Politics.