Kerri Jean Ormerod

Kerri Jean Ormerod

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator She/her/hers


My research most often explores how science, law, and technology interact and adapt to changing social values regarding water governance. My primary research interests are human-environment interactions, political ecology, material infrastructure, water and sanitation, legal geography, and socio-cultural components of risk perception.

Research interests

  • Human-environment relations
  • Political ecology
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Legal geography
  • U.S. West
  • Q methodology

Classes taught

  • GEOG 306: Population Geography
  • GEOG 313: Research Methods
  • GEOG 438/638: Western Water Resources and Management
  • Various graduate-level seminars


I am available to advise graduate students interested in cultural geography, human-environment relations and political ecology.  Please contact me by email if you are interested in advising opportunities and UNR Geography.


  • Ph.D. in Geography, School of Geography and Development, Minor: Law, University of Arizona, 2015
  • M.A. in Geography, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, 2010
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Berkeley, California, 2006