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Shana Lee Hirsch

Shana Hirsch

Assistant Research Professor
Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington


Dr. Shana Lee Hirsch (she/her) is an assistant research professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center.

Dr. Hirsch works at the nexus of environmental science and cultural change. She draws from her transdisciplinary background in natural resources science, policy, and management and her experiences working with engineers and scientists that are on “the front lines” of climate change. Her aim is to create a research program that supports diverse ways of knowing and designing to bring about systemic change and address future challenges.

Dr. Hirsch's academic publications can be found on Google Scholar. Her book, Anticipating Future Environments: Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin, was published in 2020 by UW Press.


PhD, Water Resources Law, Policy and Management, University of Idaho
MSc, Global Environment, Politics and Society, University of Edinburgh
MA, Cultural Studies, University of Washington, Bothell
BA, Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College