Lisa Meierotto earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington, with a specialization in Environmental Anthropology. She also has an MA in International Development, Environment and Community Development from Clark University. Dr. Meierotto teaches in the Global Studies and Environmental Studies programs at in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. Her research interests center on environmental justice, human rights, global migration, sustainable agriculture, and inclusive conservation. She is currently the Interim Director of the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative in the School of Public Service.
Dr. Meierotto is a cultural anthropologist by training. She uses qualitative research methods including participant observation, interviews and focus groups to document and share the voices, perspectives and knowledge of underrepresented or marginalized people. She has been conducting research for several years with Latina farmworkers living and working in rural Idaho. Dr. Meierotto is committed to transdisciplinary research and works in collaboration with interdisciplinary scholars at Boise State and several local community organizations. She has worked with the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, The Idaho Museum of the International Diaspora and the Community Council of Idaho. She serves as a Board Trustee with The Nature Conservancy of Idaho. Dr. Meierotto engages in public scholarship, and is committed to conducting research in collaboration with community partners. She is also committed to sharing research findings to a broad audience including academics, policy makers and community advocates.