Bio


Sara (Suki) Hoagland is a Lecturer in the Earth Systems Program of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. She directs the internship program and team-teaches and mentors the undergraduate Capstone Project. She also teaches the Master's Seminar for the Earth Systems co-terms. In 2021 she launched the Sustainability in Athletics course with a team of scholar athletes. Recently she also taught the E-IPER first year Research and Design Seminar and team taught “Gender, Land Rights and Climate Change”. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of Stanford University's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources, (now E-IPER). She was a Senior Lecturer in that program and in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. She designed and taught courses for E-IPER such as Case Studies in Environmental Problem Solving, Global Environmental Ethics, and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica, which included a field seminar there. She also served as the faculty advisor to the Stanford Farm and the Stanford chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World. She has also been the Faculty Leader for 9 Stanford Alumni Trips to East Africa and Central America.

From 1989 to 2000, Dr. Hoagland was Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University where she created the International Environment and Development Semester, which included three-week field practicums to East Africa and Central America. Dr. Hoagland was also the Director and Clinical Associate Professor for the Masters in Development Practice Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. She earned her BA in government from Wesleyan University, her MA in International Relations and Curriculum Development from the University of Denver, and her PhD in International Relations from American University.

She was a national silver medalist in pairs figure skating and earned 10 varsity letters at Wesleyan in field hockey, spring board diving--founder and co-captain and lacrosse--founder and co-captain..

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Earth Systems Program

Honors & Awards


  • Suki Hoagland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women's Sports, Wesleyan University (1978)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award for Academic Development, American University (1995)
  • Student Confederation Award for Outstanding Teaching, American University (1996)
  • Alumni Service Award, Wesleyan University (2018)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Trustee, Governance, Finance and Executive Committees, Josef Korbel School Social Science Foundation, University of Denver (2007 - Present)
  • Board Member, Stanford University WWR Governance Board (2019 - Present)

Professional Education


  • PhD, American University, International Relations/International Development (1989)
  • MA, University of Denver/Korbel and Education, Curriculum and Development in International Relations (1981)
  • BA, Wesleyan University, Government (1978)

2021-22 Courses