Karin L. Patzke | Writing Program | SUNY-ESF
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Karin L. PatzkeInstructor

Karin Patzke

13C Moon Library
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


Instructor, Writing Program and Writing Resource Center Coordinator




PhD and MS, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism and BFA in Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


My research is at the intersection of science, technology, and the environment. I incorporate both historical and ethnographic research methods to understand how rural communities adapt to both changes in agricultural practices, as well as pressures to incorporate environmental conservation endeavors on both private and public lands. I’m most interested in environmental governance at the local scale, or how people are enrolled and participate in policies.


Writing Program: 

  • EWP190: Writing and the Environment
  • EWP290: Research Writing and Humanities
  • EWP401: Capstone, Writing Center Internship (FA2019)

General Education

  • EST221: Introduction to American Government (FA2019)

Environmental Studies: 

  • EST312: Sociology of Natural Resources (Spring 2019, Spring 2020, and Spring 2021)
  • EST361: History of the American Environmental Movement (Fall 2018 and Fall 2020)
  • EST492: Undergraduate Experience in College Teaching (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)
  • EST499: Environmental Studies Internship (Fall 2019)
  • EST 605: Qualitative Methods (Spring 2019)
  • EST 612: Environmental Governance and Policy (Spring 2018)
  • EST 640: Environmental Thought and Ethics (Fall 2017)

Visiting Instructor:

  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School, Geography Department, GEO 374: Environment and Development in the Global South (Fall 2017)

CONFERENCE Papers and Panels


  • “(Re)Structuring Rural Relationships through Public and Private Land Use in Central New York.” Paper. Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers. Vermont (July)


  • “Harvesting Agricultural Products on Public Lands in Rural New York.” Paper.  American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA (April) 
  • “Rural Identity in the Academy.” Panel Organizer with Dr. Cheryl Morse (University of Vermont). American Association of Geography. New Orleans, LA (April)


  • “Making Sense of Practice by Engagement.” Panel Organizer with Ellen Foster (RPI). Society for the Social Studies of Science. Boston, MA (August) 
  • Suspicious Minds: Visuality and Performance in Environmental Conservation in Rural Spaces.” Paper. American Association of Geographers. Boston, MA (April)
  • “The Visible and Invisible in Rural Communities.” Panel Organizer with Dr. Cheryl Morse (University of Vermont). American Association of Geography. Boston, MA (April)


  • “The Changing Politics of Knowledge in STS.” Graduate student panel. Where has STS Traveled? Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Ithaca, NY (October)
  • “Landscapes and Property Lines: The Contradictory Practices of Citizen Scientists.” Paper. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Barcelona, Spain (September) 
  • “Re-configuring Knowledge Practices: Folding Margins and Norms into Dynamic Hybridity.” Panel Organizer with Ellen Foster (RPI). Society for the Social Studies of Science. Barcelona, Spain (September) 
  • “’Natural’ Development: Environmental Conservation on Agricultural Lands in Texas.” Paper. 2016 International Rural Sociology World Congress. Toronto. (August)
  • “Constraining Encounters: Management and Knowledge Practices on Private Lands in Texas.” Paper. American Association of Geography. San Francisco, CA (March)


  • “Mediating Conservation Through Tax Law: ‘Wildlife Management’ in Central Texas.” Paper. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Denver, CO (November)
  • “Contemporary Conservation and Tax Assessments on Private Lands: A Case Study in Central Texas.” Paper. Agricultural History Society. Lexington, KY (June)
  •  “Valuing Constituency: Property Assessments and Environmental Stewardship in Central Texas.” Paper. American Association of Geography. Chicago, IL (April)


  • “Drought or Climate Change: Regulatory Form and Function in Wildlife Management.” Paper.  Northeast Science and Technology Studies Graduate Symposium. Cornell. University, Ithaca, NY. 


  • “Seeing Through the ‘Magic Microscope:’ Legal Fictions in Gene Patents.” Paper. Society for the Social Studies of Science. San Diego, CA (November)


  • “Digital Imaging: Theory Joins Practice.” Paper. American Library Association. Chicago, IL (July)


  • “Rapid Imaging at the Art Institute of Chicago.” Paper.  Museum Computer Network. Washington, DC. (November)