Dr. Christiane Olivo, assistant professor of political science, is the founder and director of the University of Northern Colorado’s Institute for Civic Education. Dr. Olivo earned her Ph.D. in political science (with concentrations in comparative politics and political theory) at Indiana University–Bloomington in 1997. Her research focuses on voluntary associations, social movements and grassroots democracy in eastern Germany. Her book, Creating a Democratic Civil Society in Eastern Germany, was published by Palgrave in 2001. Dr. Olivo has taught a wide variety of courses at UNC since 2001 and earlier at Antioch College, the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado at Denver. These courses include American Political Philosophy, Bureaucracy and Democracy, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Social Movements, Eco-feminism, Fundamentals of Politics, Political Philosophy, Politics of Education, Social Studies Methods of Inquiry, and Women and Politics. Dr. Olivo has taken a leadership role in promoting civic education in Colorado, having served on the Steering Committee of the Colorado Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools from 2004 to 2006. She has also worked with high school students since 2002 as a district, state and national judge for the We the People: Citizens and the Constitution program.