I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental StudiesYour profile picture at Hamilton College, where I teach courses in political theory, American politics, and environmental studies. My research explores the intersection of environmental politics, American political thought, and property law. I am especially interested in the idea of home and its rich resonances in environmental politics, which I explore in my dissertation, “In Defense of Home: The Politics of Ecological Belonging.” You can find out more about my dissertation research here. I earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in political theory and American politics.

My undergraduate teaching has earned me the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student in 2019 as well as the Rubenstein Award in Political Science in 2016. My dissertation research received support from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and I was a Graduate Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy (2018-19) and the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities (2016-17). My dissertation research was also featured in the Fels Policy Research Initiative’s Doctoral Student Seminar Series in Spring 2018.

I grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 (B.A., Political Science and Economics, certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies). After serving as a research staffer on environmental policy at the Wisconsin State Legislature, I moved to Philadelphia to study political science. I served for three years as a Graduate Associate at Harnwell College House,  including two years as the head of the Ancient Studies Residential Program, and I enjoy hiking and camping, watching baseball, and listening to National Public Radio.

You can reach me at koutnikgv@beloit.edu.