Julianne is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. She is also a trainee in the Interdisciplinary Training, Education, and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems (InTERFEWS) Program at CSU. Her research focuses on how environmental security discourses influence the legitimacy of actors beyond the state. Julianne earned her B.A in Environmental Geoscience and International Relations from West Virginia University, and her M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University.