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Denise Lach Oral History Interview. July 21, 2015

Denise Lach Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

July 21, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Denise Lach (b. 1955) is a social scientist who has lead multiple research institutes at OSU, including the Center for the Analysis of Environmental Change, and the Center for Water and Environmental Stability. A member of the Oregon State faculty since 1996, Lach was named director of the College of Liberal Arts' School of Public Policy when it was created in 2010, and she continues to serve in that capacity today. Lach's interview focuses upon her path through academia, her development as a social scientist, her research on the social and policy dimensions of various natural resources issues, and her perspective on change and advancement within OSU's College of Liberal Arts.