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Shea Cheatham

Visiting Faculty




  • Physics, B.S., Principia College
  • Philosophy, B.S., Principia College
  • Earth Systems Sciences, M.S., Stanford University
  • Philosophy, M.A., Stanford University


Shea Cheatham is a visiting faculty member with multidisciplinary experience ranging from environmental science to philosophy. She received two Bachelor's degrees from Principia College in physics an philosophy, and went on to receive two Master’s degrees at Stanford University. She has research experience in environmental policy & historical analysis, environmental ethics, social hydrology, and hydrodynamic modeling.


  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science


  • Stanford University — EDGE-STEM Fellow
  • Rock Ethics Institute — Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholar
  • Principia College — Mark Crystal Science Achievement Award
  • Principia College— Priscilla Ellenberg Memorial Award
  • Illinois Section of the AAPT — Student Research Symposium 1st place Award
  • Principia College — Eileen V. Fitzpatrick Scholarship
  • Principia College— Phillip A. Olsen Jr. Memorial Scholarship 


  • Cheatham, S.; Fernández, R.; Ruiz, C. Securing a National Water Policy in Guatemala: Understanding Barriers and Potential Implementation Strategies through Comparison with the Establishment of Regional Mining Laws. Environ. Sci. Proc. 2022, 15, 64.
  • International Conference on Sustainable Development Fall 2021 Presentation: Toward a Guatemalan National Water Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Barriers and Strategies in Implementing Water and Mining Laws in Central America.
  • UCSB Climate Hub Conference Winter 2020 Presentation: Water Equity and Climate Justice in Guatemala

Shea Cheatham CV