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SPEA Dean Says Ostrom’s Work As Adviser Will Be Her Legacy


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John D. Graham is the Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

The Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, John Graham, says the untold story of Elinor Ostrom is her work with graduate students.

“She was a great mentor of doctoral students, and fortunately, many of those students are carrying her legacy on around the world,” he says.

He says Ostrom is best known for her work with how communities can work together to solve problems.

“Those problems might be crime, or pollution, or education, but communities have much more creativity than scholars give them credit for,” he says.

Graham says her workshop on political theory will continue to advance her research into how communities can overcome ‘seemingly insurmountable’ problems.

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