Skip to main content

Susan Ask

Graduate Minor, European Union Studies


I am a third-year PhD student Landscape Architecture, pursuing a graduate minor in European Union Studies.  I am interested in how the decisions we make about landscapes can affect—and are affected by— climate change.  I focus on how big climate goals are being pursued in the US and Europe, using Illinois and Sweden as case studies.  Recently, I have been studying Swedish with support from FLAS Fellowships through the European Union Center.  Before coming back to graduate school, I founded an environmental non-profit; previously, I worked as a university extension agent in Chicago, a conservation land manager in Maine and a field ecologist in other infinitely fascinating places.  I received an M.E.S. in ecosystem science and management from Yale University and a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of Kansas.