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Faculty & Staff

Environmental Studies Program

With core strengths across the social sciences and in the humanities, Departmental faculty members support graduate and undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies, the Division of General Education, and ESF's Writing Program. We participate in a variety of college-wide programs, including the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, the Environmental and Natural Resource Policy doctoral program, the Minor in Urban Environmental Science, the Minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, ESF's First Year Student Experience, and the ESF in the High School program.

Faculty and Staff Contact
Abdel-Aziz, Nasri, Director, Math Program and Instructor
MS, Syracuse University, 2001;
205 Marshall Hall
Collins, Mary, Assistant Professor
MA, University Of Central Florida, 2008; PhD, University Of California-Santa Barbara, 2012; socio-environmental systems; environmental health inequality; environmental justice; environmental sociology; environmental risk perception; computational quantitative methods; Bayesian modeling; disproportionality; industrial pollution policy and health
113 Marshall Hall
315-470-6538 | 315-470-6636
Cousins, Joshua, Assistant Professor
PhD, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2016; environmental policy and governance, social and political dimensions of water, political ecology, political economy of water, green infrastructure, science and technology studies, political ecology, urban sustainability
219 Marshall Hall
315-470-6576 | 315-470-6636
Dorholt, Tyler, Lecturer
MFA, Columbia College Chicago, 2009;
208D Marshall Hall
315-565-3015 | 315-470-6636
Hart, Rebecca
Secretary 1
106 Marshall Hall
Hirsch, Paul, Associate Professor
MS, University Of Georgia, 2003; PhD, Georgia Institute Of Technology-Main , 2008; integrative thinking and problem-solving, water planning, biodiversity conservation, science-policy interface, environmental thought and ethics, policy analysis, public participation and decision-making, environmental valuation, complexity, participant-observation and survey methods, discourse analysis, environmental policy, climate governance, policy science divide
114 Marshall Hall
Jakhaia, Nino, Lecturer
PhD, University Of Mississippi, 2018;
208C Marshall Hall
Kristiansen, Silje, Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Zurich, 2015; environmental, risk, science and technology communication; food systems in the media; climate change discourse; public perception and media coverage of gene editing; public perception and media coverage of nuclear energy; energy discourse; public perception of risks and science; public opinion; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; media content analysis; survey; in-depth interviews; Europe; US.
112 Marshall Hall
315-470-3022 | 315-470-6636
Limpert, Christina, Assistant Professor and Director, Writing, Rhetoric and Communications Program
MS, Syracuse University, 1995; PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; Eco cinema and media studies Nature, culture, and politics Critical, feminist, gender theories Qualitative research, ethnography, participatory research Environmental education Enviro dimensions of war and militarization Public perceptions of environmental threats and ecosystem health Industrial hemp in New York State
208A Marshall Hall
315-470-6722 | 315-470-6636
Luzadis, Valerie, Professor
MS, Cornell University, 1990; PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1997; ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-making
214 Marshall Hall
315-470-6980 | 315-470-6636
Moran, Sharon, Associate Professor
MS, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, 1989; PhD, Clark University, 2000; environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
220 Marshall Hall
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M., Associate Professor
MS, Texas A&M University, 2006; PhD, Texas A&M University, 2010; environmental communication; science and technology communication; wildlife conservation and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative and critical methods; program evaluation methods; conflict; public participation; energy;wildlife management
108A Marshall Hall
315-470-6573 | 315-470-6636
Selfa, Theresa, Professor and Associate Chair
PhD, Cornell University, 2001; Environmental Governance; Politics of Agri-Food and Energy Systems; Livelihood Impacts of Land Use Change; International Development and Social Change; Environmental Certification and Labelling; Latin America and US
211C Marshall Hall
315-470-6570 | 315-470-6636
Snyder, Lynea, Visiting Instructor
MA, Syracuse University, 2018;
204 Marshall Hall
Sonnenfeld, David, Professor
MA, University Of California, Santa Cruz, 1991; PhD, University Of California, Santa Cruz, 1996; environmental sociology; comparative environmental politics; sustainable transitions; water governance; East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean; field, historical and mixed research methods
211B Marshall Hall
315-470-4931 | 315-470-6636
Teron, Lemir, Assistant Professor
PhD, University Of Delaware, 2015; My thinking deliberates on problems related to inequality, conflict and empowerment. The implications are often times, though not exclusively, environmental. My intellectual playgrounds include urban spaces, coastal communities and sites of resilience.
211A Marshall Hall
Thompson, Mary
207 Marshall Hall
Vidon, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor
MA, York University, 2003; PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2015; Nature-based Tourism; Wilderness and Nature; Parks; Environmental Perception; Environmental thought and ontologies; Tourism Geographies; Authenticity and Alienation; Psychoanalytic and Social theory; Political Ecology; Epistemology/Nature of Knowledge(s); Landscape Studies; Indigenous Studies
108B Marshall Hall
315-470-6908 | 315-470-6636
Weiss, Jill, Assistant Professor
PhD, Antioch New England Graduate School, 2016; Socio-ecological systems, co-adaptive management, collaboration and trust, knowledge transfer, communities of practice and social networks, communication theories, landscape ecology, recreation governance and ethics, environmental education, conservation behaviors and psychologies, organizational management, strategic planning, and assessment. Subjects: stewardship, large contiguous bioregions, alpine zone, trail systems, public open space, bikes, urban forestry. Methods: Surveys, interviews, mixed method approaches, case studies, grounded theory, participatory action research.
208B Marshall Hall
315-470-6781 | 315-470-6636
Whitmore, Benette, Chair
MA, Syracuse University, 1980; PhD, Syracuse University, 2011;
106A Marshall Hall
315-470-6695 | 315-470-6636

Writing, Rhetoric and Communications Program

Faculty and Staff Contact
Courtwright, Carol, Visiting Instructor
MS, Syracuse University, 1973
105 Moon Library
DeBaise, Janine, Instructor
MA, Syracuse University, 1985
105C Moon Library
Fitzsimmons, Maureen, Visiting Instructor
MS, Syracuse University, 1990
105B Moon Library
Hogan, Elizabeth, Visiting Instructor
MFA, The University Of Alabama, 2004
105B Moon Library
Jakhaia, Nino, Lecturer
PhD, University Of Mississippi, 2018
208C Marshall Hall
Lawler, Patrick, Visiting Associate Professor
MA, Syracuse University, 1980; MA, Syracuse University, 1981
415 Marshall Hall
Limpert, Christina, Assistant Professor and Director, Writing, Rhetoric and Communications Program
MS, Syracuse University, 1995; PhD, Syracuse University, 2013
208A Marshall Hall
315-470-6722 | 315-470-6636
McGrath, Thomas, Instructor; Educator, Research Found; PSL Coordinator
MA, Syracuse University, 2011
105A Moon Library
Patzke, Karin, Instructor
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2017
13C Moon Library
Stavenhagen, Werner, Instructor
MA, La Sierra University, 1997; PhD, Syracuse University, 2015
105A Moon Library
Woltman, Susan
Visiting Instructor
105 Moon Library

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty members engage in research, participate in graduate committees, teach, supervise student internships, and more.

Visiting Faculty

Professor Emeritus

  • John Felleman
    Environmental information policy; visualizing environmental processes; environmental decision making.
  • Myrna Hall
    • Integrating simulation modeling and GIS for studying the interaction of humans and their environment
    • Natural resources management
    • Issues of sustainable development
    • Graphic information visualization
    • Foreign language communication
  • Patrick Lawler
    Environmental Studies; Graduate Program in Environmental Science
  • Richard Smardon
  • Susan Senecah