Carolyn Finney is a storyteller, author, and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Carolyn completed a B.A., an M.A. in gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, and a Ph.D., during the completion of which she was a Fulbright and a Canon National Science Scholar Fellow.
Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting (she works with a variety of environmental, educational and arts-based non-profits and government agencies), and teaching, she served for eight years on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board, which assists the National Park Service in building relationships of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, was released in 2014. She is currently doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College as the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice.