Faculty & Staff Experts

Colorado College faculty and staff members are available for news media interviews on a wide range of issues and events. Availability varies based on their teaching and research schedule. Search our faculty and staff experts database by subject matter or area of expertise. Reach out to our head of media relations, Alexa Gromko, for assistance.

Subject Matter Experts

Dan Johnson, PhD

Dan Johnson

Expertise: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence (AI), International Trade

Professor of Economics
Link to CV, education, publications, and research papers

Dan works internationally on policy issues like innovation, anti-poverty, and anti-racism. He spent sabbatical at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in support of racial equity. His research ranges from COVID public health outcomes to AI to international trade to entrepreneurial financing to microfinance to police responses to public protests and much more. Dan has started multiple companies with educational and environmental impact and in his TEDxYale talk, he speaks about using economics for “Simplicity and Changing the World.” His research has been covered by The Economist, BBC World Service, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fox Business News, Financial Times, CNN, Bloomberg Radio, The Times of India, MSNBC, and many more.

Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD

Tomi-Ann Roberts

Expertise: Objectification and Self-Objectification, Sexualization, Reproductive Justice

Professor of Psychology

Tomi-Ann Roberts’s research, teaching, and advocacy in the areas of gender, emotions and aesthetics, center on her Objectification Theory, which examines the sexual objectification of girls and women, self-objectification, and the consequences of these for their embodied wellbeing. Objectification Theory is the most cited article in the history of the APA journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. Tomi-Ann has authored five books and co-authored (many with CC student collaborators) over 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She leverages psychological science as a consultant for reproductive health related product brands, and as an expert witness in legal cases involving objectification as a form of gender discrimination. 

Claire Oberon Garcia, PhD

Claire Oberon Garcia

Expertise: Colorado State Historian 2023-24, Black History as Portrayed through Literature

Colorado State Historian 2023-24
Professor of English

As an English Professor, Claire specializes in Black history as portrayed through literature, particularly the experiences of late 19th and early 20th century women of the Black Atlantic. As Colorado State Historian, she is looking into more inclusive historical programming and exhibitions, sharing historical knowledge, and bringing new conversations to our understanding of Coloradans’ lived experiences and historical narratives. She was elected to the Executive Board of the largest international Black Studies organization, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Claire was named Pikes Peak Woman of Distinction in 2012.

Rosalie Rodriguez


Expertise: ADEI (Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Belonging, ADEI team

As a key member of the ADEI team, Rosalie’s focus is on instilling antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices at CC. She is the architect behind the HAVEN transfer program for students from states that have passed anti-DEI legislation. Her research and workshops are focused on the impacts of disparate policies on disenfranchised communities. 

Karen Kristof

Karen Kristof

Expertise: College Admission, Affirmative Action, Diversity in Education

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admission

As Dean of Admission, Karen can talk about all-things college admission, including the policies and initiatives surrounding it. She can discuss trending issues such as affirmative action, legacy admission, test scores, and diversity in education, among many other topics.

Eric Perramond, PhD

Eric Perramond

Expertise: Water Rights and Indigenous Conservation Approaches in the American West (Southwest)

Professor of Environmental Science and Southwest Studies

Author of Unsettled Waters: Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West (2019), Eric is a human-environment geographer and political ecologist. He can talk about water rights, water policy, and the problems of river compacts in the American West. His research also centers around how decolonizing conservation efforts, led by indigenous sovereigns in the Greater Southwest, might shape a more inclusive future for environmental conservation.

Doug Edlin, PhD

Doug Edlin

Expertise: SCOTUS, Judiciary, Legislative Matters, Constitutional Law

Professor of Political Science
Professor of American Institutions and Leadership

Doug is well-versed in state and federal judicial decisions and decision-making, including SCOTUS, as well as constitutional politics in the United Kingdom. He focuses on the courts and the judicial process, constitutional and comparative law, and politics of race and gender in the U.S. He has authored two university press books and his articles have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Polity, and more. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Queen Mary University of London, a Research Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School, and a MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Law School. Prior to his academic career, he was a litigator in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Expertise: Sustainability, Carbon Neutrality, Impacts of Climate Change, Ecotourism

Director of Sustainability

Ian specializes in decarbonization, carbon accounting, sustainability reporting, carbon offset and REC markets, general water law and conveyance systems in Colorado, and Ecotourism. He can discuss CC’s path to carbon neutrality, making it the first campus in the state to reach a net-zero carbon footprint, and how Tutt Library was designed the nation’s largest academic net-zero energy library. Ian also supports incorporating sustainability concepts across the curriculum. Ian’s research focuses on how to mitigate the impact of climate change—such as increasing floods, droughts, and fires.

John Gould, PhD

John Gould

Expertise: Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Politics of Central Europe

Professor of Political Science
Russian & Eurasian Studies

John’s specialty area includes the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the politics of central Europe and the western Balkans. His book, Fragile Dreams: Tales of Liberalism and Power in Central Europe, was published in 2021 and examines Central European communism, why it failed, and what has taken its place.

Dana Wittmer Wolfe, PhD

Dana Wittmer Wolfe

Expertise: Women in Politics, Impact of Gendered Leadership on Public Policy

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dana speaks about U.S. politics with specific interests in gender and politics, public opinion, public policy, and Congress. Dana’s research and analysis has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York TimesNPR, and many other major news outlets. Her recent projects focus on the effectiveness of women in Congress, the success of women’s issues in the policymaking process, and the rise of women in Colorado politics.

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