DANIEL CRAIG MCCOOL

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

DANIEL CRAIG MCCOOL portrait
  • Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Utah
  • Professor, Political Science Department, University of Utah

Biography

Education

  • B. A. 1973, Sociology, Purdue University
  • M.A. 1978, Political Science, University of Arizona . Project: Thesis: "The Budgeting Problems of the National Park Service."
  • Ph.D. 1983, (Political Science), University of Arizona. Project: Dissertation: "Indian and Non-Indian Water Development." Independent Doctoral Minor: Latin American Studies

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist, Superior Research Award, 2008, 2009. College of Social and Behavioral Science, 2008
  • Indigenous Day Dinner, Annual Awards, 2007, for “providing leadership for the American West Center on behalf of American Indians in the State of Utah.”. Utah Division of Indian Affairs, 2007
  • Diversity Award, presented to the American West Center. University of Utah , 2004
  • Second place, “Excellence in Journalism Award,” by the Utah Society of Professional Journalists, 1998 for "A River Between Two Cultures." (August, 1997): 14-15. Catalyst Magazine, 1997
  • Superior Research Award for Junior Faculty, . College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah, 1989

Biography

Professor McCool’s research focuses on water resource development, public lands policy, voting rights, and Indian water rights.  He is the author of: River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers (2012); Native Waters: Contemporary Indian Water Settlements and the Second Treaty Era (2002) and Command of the Waters: Iron Triangles, Federal Water Development, and Indian Water (1987/1994). He co-authored: Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and Indian Voting (2007); Staking Out the Terrain: Power and Performance Among Natural Resource Agencies (1996, 2d ed); and Public Policy Theories, Models and Concepts (1995).  He edited two books with his students:  Waters of Zion: The Politics of Water in Utah (1995) and Contested Landscape: The Politics of Wilderness in Utah and the West (1999).  His latest edited book is The Most Fundamental Right: Contrasting Perspectives on the Voting Rights Act (2012).   He has served as a consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U. S. Department of Justice, The ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, and the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy. 

In the Media

  • KSL TV news, interview(topic: reservoirs in Utah). 04/21/2010.
  • Fox News Utah, news coverage(topic: climate change). 02/12/2010.
  • Indian Country Today, quoted interview(topic: Indian voting rights). 02/04/2010.
  • Indian Country Today, quoted interview(topic: Indian voting rights). 10/20/2009.
  • High Country News blog, quoted interview (topic: Indian voting rights). 10/15/2009.
  • KUED “Utah Now” television program (topic: western water policy). 08/21/2009.
  • Salt Lake Tribune, quoted interview(topic: Navajo water rights). 11/28/2008.
  • Indian Country Today, quoted interview(topic: American Indian voting). 10/26/2008.
  • KCPW Radio, interview (topic: western water policy). 10/22/2007.
  • KUER Radio, interview (topic: water policy in Utah). 10/02/2007.
  • Calibre, quoted interview (topic: Indian voting rights). 06/11/2007.
  • Los Angeles Times, quoted interview(topic: federal public lands). 04/22/2007.
  • The New Standard (national on-line news publication), quoted interview(topic: American Indian water rights). 01/22/2007.
  • Salt Lake Tribune, quoted interview(topic: global warming and water). 10/03/2006.
  • KUSU Radio interview (topic: Utah water). 08/31/2006.
  • Salt Lake Tribune, quoted interview (topic: Utah water). 08/08/2006.
  • KUER, Radio West program, live interview(topic: Women war veterans). 03/07/2006.
  • KCPW Radio, live interview (topic: Women war veterans). 03/07/2006.
  • Salt Lake Tribune, quoted interview(topic: American Indian voting rights). 02/16/2006.
  • Native American Times, secondary quote(topic: American Indian voting). 11/01/2005.
  • Time Magazine, quoted interview(topic: dam removal). 07/18/2005.
  • Salt Lake Tribune, quoted interview(topic: river restoration). 06/23/2005.
  • Los Angeles Times, quoted interview (topic: National Park Service). 04/26/2005.
  • Associated Press, quoted interview (Nov. 2 in Tri-Valley Central) (topic: dam removal). 10/25/2004.
  • Deseret Morning News, quoted interview (topic: the law of the river). 08/08/2004.
  • East Valley Times (Arizona Tribune), secondary quote(topic: the drought). 06/04/2004.
  • Weather Notebook, Public Radio program, Boise, ID (topic: the impact of drought on western water policy). 05/24/2004.
  • Los Angeles Times, quoted interview(topic: American Indian voting rights). 05/22/2004.
  • Airtalk, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, interview, May 6, 2004 (topic: western water policy). 05/06/2004.
  • New York Times, quoted interview(Topic: western water policy). 05/02/2004.
  • Rapid City Journal, quoted interview (Topic: Indian voting rights). 04/12/2004.
  • High Country News, quoted interview(Topic: Indian water settlements). 03/01/2004.
  • Fox News, interview (Topic: Leavitt’s appointment to EPA). 09/02/2003.
  • AP Wire Service, interview(Topic: Leavitt’s appointment to EPA). 08/29/2003.
  • KSL TV News, interview (Topic: water use in Salt Lake City). 08/28/2003.
  • KUED Public Affairs Television presentation, “The Price of Water,” . 04/22/2003.
  • City Weekly, interview (Topic: water policy). 02/13/2003.
  • High Country News Radio, interview(Topic: wilderness policy). 08/19/2002.
  • Associated Press, feature story (Topic: irrigation subsidies). 06/01/2002.
  • KSL TV News, interview (Topic: water use in Salt Lake City). 05/06/2002.
  • KUED Radio interview (Topic: water policy in the Salt Lake Valley). 04/17/2002.
  • KUED Radio interview(“Radio West” special program on water policy in Utah). 11/19/2001.
  • KRCL Radio interview (topic: Utah water policy). 09/13/2001.
  • KCPW Radio interview (topic: Utah water policy). 08/23/2001.
  • KCPW Radio interview (topic: BLM wilderness policy). 08/27/1999.
  • KUER Radio interview (topic: Utah water policy). 08/20/1999.
  • KUED, Civic Dialogue, televised interview (topic: Utah water policy). 06/20/1997.
  • ABC Evening News, televised interview (topic: The CUP). 06/04/1997.
  • KUER Radio interview(topic: Poverty on Indian reservations). 05/23/1997.
  • KRCL Radio interview (topic: Utah water policy). 01/08/1996.
  • KCPW Radio interview (topic: Utah water policy). 01/02/1996.
  • KRCL Radio interview (topic: American Indian Resource Center). 08/20/1995.
  • KUER Radio interview (topic: Northern Ute tribal government). 08/14/1995.
  • KTALK Radio interview (topic: taxes). 05/06/1995.
  • KCPW Radio interview (topic: the Northern Ute jurisdiction case). 07/06/1994.
  • KUER Radio interview (topic: the Northern Ute jurisdiction case). 02/16/1994.
  • Special Feature article in the Utah Government Connection titled: "The Moscow Kremlin: Closed for Cleaning." Oct., 1993. 10/01/1993.
  • Deseret News, quoted interview(topic: Russia). 04/18/1993.
  • The Public's Capital, quoted interview, April, 1993 (topic: federal water policy). 04/01/1993.
  • Las Vegas Review -Journal, quoted interview (topic: Western Water Policy). 10/31/1992.
  • Testimony before the State and Local Affairs Interim Committee of the Utah State Legislature (topic: Utah Navajo Royalty Trust Fund). 01/08/1992.
  • Los Angeles Times, quoted interview (topic: Navajo voting rights). 08/27/1990.
  • High Country News, quoted interview (topic: Navajo voting rights). 07/30/1990.
  • "Recent Events in Treaty Rights." Native American Policy Network Newsletter, July, 1990. 07/01/1990.
  • KRCL Radio interview (topic: The Central Utah Project). 06/05/1990.
  • Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, quoted interview(topic: federal Indian policy). 01/13/1990.
  • "The Central Utah Project: A Legacy of Promise and Controversy." Public Policy Perspective (newsletter of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Utah), Spring, 1990. 1990.
  • KTKT Radio interview (topic: taxes). 12/27/1989.
  • KUED Television, "Civic Dialogue," (topic: Indian water rights). 12/19/1989.
  • KSL Radio interview (topic: Indian water rights). 08/05/1989.

Languages

  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Northern Europe. Delegate, NASPA Exchange Program with Deutsches Studentenwerk (Germany), February 2014, focusing on campus sustainability.
  • Republic of Korea
  • United States of America