I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in political theory. My research explores environmental political thought and practice, theories of political economy, populism, and questions of value and belonging in environmental politics. I am especially interested in the idea of home and its rich resonances in environmental thought and politics. You can find out more about my dissertation research here.

My undergraduate teaching earned me the Rubenstein Award in Political Science, and I was a finalist for the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. I am currently a Graduate Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy.  I served as a Graduate Fellow at the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities (2016-17) and my dissertation research was featured in the Fels Policy Research Initiative’s Doctoral Student Seminar Series in Spring 2018.

I grew up in the Upper Midwest and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., Political Science and Economics, certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies, 2013) and . After serving as a research staffer for environmental policy at the Wisconsin State Legislature, I moved to Philadelphia to study political theory. I currently serve as a Graduate Associate at Harnwell College House and enjoy hiking, watching baseball, and listening to National Public Radio.

You can reach me at gkoutnik@sas.upenn.edu.