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Melinda Harm Benson

Mindy Benson, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources


Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

(307) 766-5150  |  mhbenson@uwyo.eduCV | Kendall House, Rm 201


JD, University of Idaho College of Law, Summa Cum Laude, 1998

MS, Community Counseling, University of Wyoming College of Education, 2011

BA, Political Science, University of Oregon, Magna Cum Laude, 1991

Background and Expertise

Melinda Harm Benson has been dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources since August 2017. She came to the University of Wyoming from the University of New Mexico, where she had been a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies since 2008. At UNM, she also held affiliations with the College of Law, the Water Resources Program, and the Sustainability Studies Program.

She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research in water resources, environmental management, nature and society, law, geography, and other areas. Prior to her professorship at the University of New Mexico, Benson worked at the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute for four years, researching and writing about ground and surface water management, conservation easements, coalbed methane production, among other topics.

Her current research focuses on the next generation of environmental governance approaches and the extent to which existing legal and institutional frameworks facilitate and constrain their theoretical development and practical application. She recently co-authored The End of Sustainability: Resilience and the Future of Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene with University of Utah Law professor Robin Craig, now available on You can find additional publications on her Social Science Research Network page.

Dean Benson brings deep expertise in her fields of study, appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues, leadership and administrative experience, and thoughtful vision to the Haub School.

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