Caitlin Doak, Philosophy Major and Environmental Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Minors


Caitlin Doak, 2016 Baird Sustainability Fellow

Caitlin Doak '16

Caitlin Doak is a Philosophy major and Environmental Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies minors from the suburbs of Chicago.  As a first-year, she couldn’t decide between Environmental Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies and felt torn about which direction to go. She fell in love with Philosophy as a discipline and as a tool to address the intersections between the environment and social justice.  Caitlin’s passion for environmental justice infiltrates her engagement on campus in all areas, including as a CSE intern, a resident of the Treehouse, and member of the Feminist Collective and the Outing Club.  The past three summers, she worked as a camp counselor leading backpacking trips for girls.

Caitlin spent her junior year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Her time in Denmark focused on LGBTQ Studies, which has influenced her current research on Queer Ecologies.  In the future, she hopes to continue to critically analyze environmental problems and environmental philosophy from a queer and feminist lens.  Caitlin is excited to learn from the other Baird Fellows and enrich her understanding of sustainability.