- Social Science Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant, School of Freshwater Sciences
Deidre Peroff serves as the Social Science Outreach Specialist with University of Wisconsin-Sea Grant and as adjunct faculty at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. In January 2016 she moved to Milwaukee from Raleigh, NC where she received her Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. Before that, she received her M.S. in Geography at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where she also taught courses on environmental studies and policy, geography, and anthropology at Huxley College of the Environment. Additionally, she has worked as a social scientist at North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Harvard University’s Program on Conservation Innovation, and has taught outdoor environmental education for many years. Her career focus has centered around conservation of natural resources and equitable development. Specifically, her dissertation work assessed the capacity for agritourism to improve livelihoods and influence stewardship among rural farmers in North Carolina and Guatemala. After growing up in Kansas City and receiving her B.S. in Geography at UW-Madison, she is excited to return to the Midwest and work on impactful research as part of Sea Grant and with faculty and students at the School of Freshwater Sciences. In this position, she uses social science methods and theory to improve access to water resources among underserved communities, to facilitate environmental and place-based education, and to support the well-being and resiliency of Great Lakes coastal communities.