Dr. Kristan Cockerill

Dr. Cockerill has an interdisciplinary background and  works to understand and improve the connections between cultural and scientific information related to developing environmental policy. Most recently her work has focused on stormwater management and historic perceptions of flooding. Prior to entering academia, she was on the staff of the Army Environmental Policy Institute. As a professor she has taught a broad suite of interdisciplinary courses at Appalachian State University, Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center, and the University of New Mexico.


  • PhD, American Studies (Environment, Science, Technology), University of New Mexico
  • MS, Journalism, University of Illinois
  • BA, Political Science, University of Illinois

Selected recent publications:
Cockerill, K., M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J. Okie. Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions. Palgrave-MacMillan.

Cockerill, K. Transforming the Character of the Mississippi River. Earth Sciences History 41(1):102-129.

Maas, C., W.P. Anderson, Jr., K. Cockerill. Managing Stormwater by Accident: A Conceptual Study. Water 13: 1492

Cockerill, K., W.P. Anderson Jr., F.C. Harris, K. Straka. Hot, Salty Water: A Confluence of Issues in Managing Stormwater Runoff for Urban Streams. J. American Water Resources Assoc. 53(3): 707-724.

Cockerill, K., T. Mohr, W.P. Anderson, Jr., P. Groothuis, C. Gu, J. Whitehead. Managing Stormwater Runoff in Appalachia: What Does the Public Think? J.  Environmental Planning and Management 62(14): 2418-2436.

Cockerill, K. Public Perceptions of High Quality Streams: Mixed Messages. Environmental Practice 18(1): 44-52.

Cockerill, K., P.A. Groothuis, T. Mohr, C. Cooper. Individualized Water Source as an Indicator of Attitudes about Water Management and Conservation in Humid Regions. J.  Environmental Planning and Management 59(8):1341-1359

Cockerill, K. and W.P. Anderson Jr. Creating False Images: Stream Restoration in an Urban Setting. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 50(2): 468-482

Cockerill, K. The Water Supply is Fine: Decision-maker Perceptions of Water Quantity and Supply Side Management. Water and Environment Journal.28(2):242-251

Title: Professor
Department: Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7252

Fax: (828) 262-6400

Office address
206 Howard Street Hall
Mailing address
305 Bodenheimer Drive
ASU Box 32080
Boone, NC 28608