J. Tom Mueller is currently a doctoral student in Rural Sociology and the dual-title program Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment at Penn State. His research is broadly concerned with the relationship between society and natural resources, particularly as it relates to poverty, politics, and health. He will be completing his degree in the spring of 2020 and will be on the job market during 2019-2020 job market cycle.
He holds an M.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Penn State and a B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.
Tom has previously worked in the United States and Australia for Outward Bound, leading youth expeditions in the mountains of Colorado and in-land Australia. Prior to beginning graduate school in 2015 he could have been found travelling around the United States in his van, rock climbing wherever possible.