Department of Anthropology

Rachael Budowle - Assistant Professor Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

(307) 766-6461 | | CV | Kendall House, Rm 106 

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PhD, Anthropology, University of Wyoming, 2019

MS, Animals & Public Policy, Tufts University, 2007

BS, Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2005


Background and expertise

As a cultural anthropologist, Rachael Budowle’s research program sits at the intersection of environment and society. Her areas of focus range from social-ecological community resilience to food systems and justice to bioenergy, primarily through interdisciplinary research projects within communities in Wyoming and the Mountain West. Rachael is particularly interested in community-based participatory approaches that enhance equity in ethnographic research, such as the sovereign storytelling methods she has developed with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho families in the Wind River Reservation.

Additionally, Rachael has extensive experience teaching sustainability and community-engaged and place- and project-based courses. She has taught and mentored students in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and collaborated on sustainability efforts at the University of Wyoming since 2013. Her years of practitioner experience, including as a sustainability coordinator at Virginia Tech and MIT, enrich her scholarship.


Selected publications

Budowle, R., Arthur, M. L., & Porter, C.M. (2019). Growing intergenerational resilience for Indigenous food sovereignty through home gardening. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development and Journal of American Indian Education, 9(B), 1-21.

Jensen-Ryan, D., Budowle, R., Strauss, S., Durbin, T.J., Beeton, T.A., & Galvin, K.A. (2019). A cultural consensus of fire and futility: Harvesting beetle-kill for wood-based bioenergy in Wyoming and Colorado. Energy Research and Social Science.

Budowle, R. (2017). Doing more with less: How energy efficiency and conservation can decrease UW’s utility bills. Western Confluence Magazine, 6.

Span, K., Serrano, E., Cox, H., Budowle, R., & Dulys-Nusbaum, E. (2016). Benefits, barriers, and challenges to university-level food waste tracking. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11(3), 428-438.



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