Sarah Surak (assistant professor) holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University (USA). She earned a Ph.D. is in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech (2012). Prior to completing her graduate work she managed recycling and sustainability operations for five years at a university in the United States. Dr. Surak is the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University and is assisting the university in incorporating civic engagement into the liberal arts curriculum. Her teaching and research interests include environmental policy, public administration, and modern political and social theory, She is particularly interested in the politics of waste/ing and political and economic governance of garbage. Dr. Surak’s current book project is titled Governing waste: Politics, process, and public administration assessing the practice of sustainability and waste management in public administrative (Routledge, Fall 2016). Her next project will engage with the environmental writings of Herbert Marcuse.