Katherine Travaline, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Katherine Travaline, PhD

Office: MacAlister 3021-B
Phone: 215.571.3515

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  • BS, Evolutionary Anthropology, Douglass College at Rutgers University, 2000
  • MS, Science, Technology, & Society, Drexel University, 2008
  • PhD, Environmental Policy, Drexel University, 2012


After a number of years studying primate behavior and working as a veterinary technician, I came to Drexel’s Science, Technology, and Society Master’s Program where I was able to satisfy my growing curiosity about the social values implicit in scientific theory and practice. Redirecting my interests toward environmental issues, I completed my doctoral degree in Environmental Policy. My studies were supported with a GAANN Fellowship through the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and a Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative Graduate Assistantship. I am very excited to join the History and Politics Department and to continue to explore the intersection of policy, politics, and science.

My research and teaching are both rooted in my interest in inclusive practices as a means of addressing injustices and the complexity and uncertainty of the real world. For my research interests, this has translated into examinations of what theories of democracy may have to offer our consideration of environmental issues, with a specific interest in urban environments. Throughout my graduate studies, I have explored the democratic implications of various forms of urban greening. With a goal of translating my interest in inclusion into my research practices, I have employed interpretive methodologies with a particular interest in political ethnography. As part of an interdisciplinary research team, I conducted an interpretive policy analysis, examining what it means for the City of Philadelphia to implement a networked approach to green stormwater infrastructure governance. In my teaching I also try to honor the value of connecting academic learning and research to real life problems. To this end, I aim to bring an action-oriented, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to the classroom whenever appropriate.


  • Travaline, K., Hunold, C., and Montalto, F. (2013). Deliberative Methods of Public Participation: Implications for Urban Stormwater Management. Critical Policy Studies. (In Revision).
  • Montalto, F.A., Bartrand, T.A., Waldman, A.M., Travaline, K., Loomis, C., McAfee, C., Geldi, J., and Riggal, G. (2013). Decentralized Green Infrastructure: The Importance of Stakeholder Behavior in Determining Spatial and Temporal Outcomes. Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 9(12), 1-19.
  • Travaline, K. and Hunold, C. (2010). Urban Agriculture and Ecological Citizenship in Philadelphia. Local Environment, 15(6), 581-590.


  • Travaline, K., Hunold, C., and Montalto, F. (2012). Positivist and Interpretive Approaches to Urban Stormwater Infrastructure: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Inclusion. Presented at the 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. July 5-7, 2012.
  • Travaline, K. (2012). South Philly Food Co-op: Building a Democratic Association and Kensington Community Food Co-op: Cooperation, Policy Advocacy, and Inclusion. Presented at the Exploring Cooperatives: Economic Democracy and Community Development in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Conference, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. June 13, 2012.
  • Travaline, K., Montalto, F., and Waldman, A. (2011). Managing Uncertainty and Complexity in the Development of a Green Infrastructure Program through Stakeholder Participation: An Analysis of a Participatory Modeling Process through a Deliberative Democracy Lens. Presented at the Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium: Greening the Urban Environment, Philadelphia, PA. Sept. 25-28, 2011.
  • Travaline, K. and Hunold, C. (2011). “We Call It Green Infrastructure:” An Interpretive Policy Analysis of Urban Stormwater Management in Philadelphia. Presented at the 6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Cardiff University, Wales. June 23-25, 2011.
  • Waldman, A., Travaline, K., Bartrand, T., Geldi, J., Riggal, G., McAfee, M., Loomis, C., Montalto, F. (2010). The Emergence of Urban Hydrologic Outcomes from Inter-Related Social and Physical Dynamics. Presented at the 2010 AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. H32A: Applying River and Watershed Research to Facilitate Management and Guide Policy.
  • Travaline, K. (2010). Urban Greening as Noninstitutionalized Public Participation. Presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. April 1-3, 2010.
  • Travaline, K. and Hunold, C. (2009). Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia: Lessons for Citizenship and Ecological Democracy. Presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada. March 19-21, 2009.