MS Students

Kealie Vogel is a second-year MS student in the IL lab. She received her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Her research interests center around human interests within environmental policymaking and US energy policy, stakeholder experiences with environmental regulatory processes, and the relationship between stakeholder participation in these regulatory processes and positive environmental outcomes. Her graduate research focuses on the politics of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Illinois and Iowa. Previous undergraduate research focused on analyzing policies and practices supporting forest management by family forest landowners in the southernmost 11 counties of Illinois and private forest management in budget-constrained environments.


Rebecca Laurent is a second-year MS student in the IL lab. She received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Her interests are at the intersection of sociology and environmental politics, especially how the structure of societal power shapes environmental governance. Rebecca’s Master’s research explores the criminalization of protest against the fossil fuel industry in the United States and what this reveals about the resource curse.  Her previous research focused on the relationship between income inequality and climate change mitigation.


Emily Guske is a first-year M.S. student in the IL lab. This is her third year in the in(Secure) Landscapes Lab, and she graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2020. As an undergraduate student, Emily researched the legal and regulatory processes for the permitting of crude oil pipelines (and the Dakota Access Pipeline specifically) both federally and in the state of Illinois. She also analyzed the avenues for participation that were available in the pipeline permitting process for public actors who sought to stop the construction of DAPL in Illinois. As an M.S. student, Emily will expand her research on the politics of the Dakota Access Pipeline to the state of Iowa, and she will complete the graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) in order to apply an intersectional feminist approach to her work on extractive policy and law.