Environmental Studies

About Our Faculty & Staff

Dr. Ruth Alminas
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Interests

  • Armed Conflict and Conflict Management
  • Internal Displacement
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Organizational Theory
  • Social Network Analysis

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona, 2012
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona, 2008
  • M.A., Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2005
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000

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Dr. Rebecca Austin
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies

Expertise 

  • Environmental anthropology 
  • Applied anthropology 
  • Cultural ecology 
  • Community-based conservation 
  • Environmental impacts 
  • Southeast Asia 
  • Public involvement 
  • Social impact assessment 
  • Curriculum design 
  • Program evaluation 
  • Environmental justice 
  • Environmentalism  

Education 

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2003 
  • M.A., Applied Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, 1989 
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 1980 

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Dr. David Blake
Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology 
  • Pulmonary toxicology 
  • Cellular and molecular biology

Education

  • Ph.D., Integrated Microbiology and Biochemistry, University of Montana, 2007
  • Master of Science, Biochemistry, University of Montana, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Brad Clark
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science

Professional Interests

  • American Politics and Policy
  • Western water policy
  • River restoration
  • Endangered species
  • Public Lands and Natural Resource Management

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2007, Colorado State University
  • M.A., Political Science, 2000, Colorado State University
  • B.A., Policital Science, 1995, Northern Arizona University

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Rebecca Clausen
Associate Professor & Chair of Sociology

Expertise

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Human Ecology
  • Global Food Systems
  • Political Economy

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
  • M.S., University of Oregon, 2003
  • B.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1999

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Dr. Cynthia Dott
Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise 

  • Ecology and dynamics of river systems
  • Riparian/floodplain forest habitat
  • Riparian vegetation response to changing hydrology, geomorphology and disturbance regimes
  • Links between vegetation and disturbance history
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Scientific teaching and cooperative learning methodology in the classroom

Education 

  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996 
  • Master of Science, Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, The Colorado College, 1985 

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Dr. Cody Ferguson
Assistant Professor of History

Expertise

  • Twentieth Century United States
  • American West
  • Environmental History and Policy
  • Sustainability
  • U.S.- Mexico Borderlands
  • Public History 
  • Digital Humanities

Education

  • Ph.D., United States History, Arizona State University, 2012
  • M.A., United States History, Northern Arizona University, 2007
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Carroll College (Montana), 2001

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Dr. Janine Fitzgerald
Professor of Sociology/Human Services

Interests

  • Latin American Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Poetry and Metaphor in Social Change and Movements

Education

  • Ph.D., The University of New Mexico, 1996
  • M.A., The University of New Mexico, 1990
  • B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987

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Dr. Shawn Fullmer
Associate Professor of English

Expertise

  • English Education
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Composition
  • Nature Writing
  • Rhetorical Theory

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Nevada - Reno, 2001
  • M.A., English, Utah State University, 1996
  • B.A., English, Utah State University, 1993
  • B.A., Journalism, Utah State University, 1993

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Dr. Andrew Gulliford
Professor of History & Environmental Studies

Expertise:

  • Public History
  • History of the American West
  • Environmental History
  • Native American History
  • Museums & Historic Preservation
  • American Wilderness
  • History of American National Parks

Education:

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1986
  • M.A.T., The Colorado College, 1976
  • B.A., The Colorado College, 1975

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Dr. Larry Hartsfield
Professor of English

Expertise

  • American literature
  • Ecocritical theory
  • Literary and media theory
  • Literature of the environment
  • Media studies
  • Mid-19th to early 20th century American cultural history
  • Popular culture
  • Shakespeare

Education

  • Ph.D., American Civilization, University of Texas at Austin, 1982
  • M.A., English, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1976
  • B.A., English, Abilene Christian University, 1974

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Dr. Kathleen Hilimire
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Expertise

  • Food systems pedagogy
  • Farmer livelihoods
  • Alternative agricultural practices
  • Resilience to drought for farmers and landscapes
  • Innovative methods for nutrient management on organic farms
  • Integrated crop/livestock agriculture
  • Pastured poultry

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009
  • B.A., Pitzer College, 2003

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Dr. Pete McCormick
Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences and Chair & Professor of Environmental Studies

Professional Interests

  • Historical landscape change and land use
  • Ecological and cultural ramifications of human migration and settlement
  • Race, Place, and Landscape
  • American Southwest and Southern Plains
  • Latin America
  • Mediterranean

Education

  • Ph.D., 1999, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., 1995, Northern Arizona University
  • B.G.S., 1993, University of Kansas

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Dr. Janneli Miller
Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies

Expertise  

  • Medical anthropology 
  • Ecological medicine 
  • Ethnobotany 
  • Culturally appropriate reproductive health care service development 
  • Indigenous peoples of the American Southwest and New Mexico 
  • Ritual healing 
  • Herbal healing 
  • Homebirth 
  • Unassisted/free birth  

Education 

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2003 
  • M.A., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1992 
  • B.A., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 1978 
  • Certificate, Northwest School of Practical Midwifery, Portland, OR, 1979 

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Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Environmental Studies

Expertise

  • Critical criminology
  • Transformative justice
  • Youth justice
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Disability pedagogy
  • Eco-ability
  • Critical animal studies
  • Hip Hop studies
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • School to prison pipeline
  • Anarchist studies
  • Green criminology
  • Social justice inclusive education
  • Women’s and Gender studies

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Science, Syracuse University, 2011
  • M.S., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, International Conflict Management, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, 2005
  • M.A., Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate, Mediation, Fresno Pacific University, 2002
  • B.A., Political Science, Pre-Law, and Public Administration, University of St. Thomas, 2000

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Dr. Lorraine Taylor
Assistant Professor of Management

Expertise 

  • Hospitality management 
  • Sustainable tourism  
  • Travel motivations and behavior 

Education 

  • Ph.D., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 2014 
  • M.S., Advertising, University of Illinois, 2003 
  • B.S., Advertising, University of Illinois, 2002 

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Jesse Tune
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Professional interests

  • Hunter-gatherer behavioral adaptations during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition 
  • Lithic technological organization
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Human/environment interactions
  • Public archaeology

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Dr. Scott White
Professor of Geosciences

Expertise:

  • Cartography
  • Geographic information systems
  • Geographic visualization
  • Regional geography
  • Remote sensing
  • Surface hydrologic modeling
  • Terrain modeling
  • Weather and climate

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Utah, 2001
  • M.S., Geology, Texas Christian University, 1991
  • B.S., Geology, Tennessee Technological University, 1987

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Dr. Margot A. Wood
Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies

Expertise

  • Conservation
  • Spatial ecology
  • Neotropical mammals
  • Environmental policy
  • Ecosystem services 
  • Human modified landscapes
  • Biological corridors 
  • Latin America
  • Local ecological knowledge

Education

  • PhD, Texas A&M University, 2016
  • BS, University of California, Davis, 2008

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Our Staff

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