IDCE Faculty

IDCE Faculty

Kiran Asher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Culture and power, political economy, gender studies, politics of biodiversity conservation, Latin American studies

David Bell, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Practice - International Development and Social Change

IDCE Interim Director

Research Interests/Specialization: Education, empowerment, social transformation and community development

Ramón Borges-Mendéz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning

Research Interests/Specialization: Urban and regional economic development, labor markets and workforce development, political economy, Latin America, Latinos in the U.S. and immigration, governance, non-profits and institutional development, research methods

  • Nigel O.M. Brissett, Ed.D.

  • Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change

  • Research Interests/Specialization: Educational policy and leadership; globalization and education; higher educational access and equity; critical policy analysis; postcolonial studies; critical theory; public policy

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  • Halina Szejnwald Brown, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

  • Research Interests/Specialization: Socio-technical system innovation in sustainability transition, use of information disclosure as a regulatory instrument for sustainability, corporate accountability and governance, social learning and institutional theory, comparative international environmental policy, environmental public health policy, environmental toxicology, management of risks from toxic substances

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Cynthia Caron, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Land and property rights, political and environmental sociology, disaster and conflict-induced displacement, resettlement and reconstruction programming, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and ethnographic research, and South Asia.

Timothy J. Downs, D. Env.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy

Research Interests/Specialization: Environmental science and engineering, integrated capacity building for sustainable development, natural resource management, human-environment interaction

Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Ethnicity and race, gender, urban refugees, Sudanese immigrants and refugees, Middle Eastern immigration and naturalisation policies, transnationalism and citizenship, transnational Islam, narratives of exile, Hungarian refugees

Jude Fernando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Economic development and political economy, with emphasis on non-profit organizations, environment, gender, and child labor, particularly in South Asia

William F. Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor of International Development and Social Change

Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

Research Interests/Specialization: Anthropology, social movements, resettlement, ethnicity, political economy, South Asia

Ellen Foley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

Coordinator of the Graduate Program in International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Anthropology of development, gender, Islam, knowledge systems, medical anthropology and West Africa

Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Research Interests/Specialization: Environmental epidemiology, urban environmental health, and social epidemiology

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: States and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, displacement and irregular migration, humanitarian interventions, (late- and post-) socialism, legal regimes, science and technology studies, and comparative cartographies

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment

Research Interests/Specialization: Health applications of GIS and remote sensing, environmental justice and GIS, spatial statistics, urban applications of remote sensing, land-use change and environmental degradation

Samuel J. Ratick, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Geography

Research Interests/Specialization: Decision analysis in environmental assessment and management, spatial analysis, quantitative and dynamic modeling, environmental policy, coastal hazards from climate change, pollution prevention in companies, locating hazardous facilities

Laurie Ross, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning

IDCE Assistant Director

Research Interests/Specialization: Social justice youth development, community based participatory research

Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change

Research Interests/Specialization: Medical and demographic anthropology, social networks analysis in health research, disparities in obstetric care among refugees and immigrants, race and development, gender and health particularly in East and Horn of Africa, Lebanese demographic shifts and re-conceptualizations of womanhood

Jennie C. Stephens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy

Research Interests/Specialization: Sustainability science, technologies and policies to mitigate climate change, energy technology innovation, CO2 capture and storage, renewable energy, universities as change agent for sustainability

Jie Tian, Ph.D.

Jie Tian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment

Research Interests/Specialization: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial-temporal Analysis, Land use and land cover classification, Climate and global change, Remote Sensing and Image Processing, Spatial Epidemiology and Public Health, Environmental Health and Air Quality, Geocomputation and Open Source GIS

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  • Mark Tigan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Practice - Community Development and Planning

    Research Interests/Specialization: Community economics, citizen participation, non-profit governance, sizing public benefits with governmental subsidies, linkages between employment and housing

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    Research Faculty

    Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: Socio-Environmental Movement Organizations and Networks, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Justice, Development Administration, Non-Governmental Organizations, Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Community-based Management of Natural Resources.

    Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: Emotional structures and motivational dynamics, believed-in imaginings, emotional climates and cultures of peace, public policy and the organization of movements for peace and justice 

    Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: The interactions of feminism, women, militarized culture, war, politics and globalized economics in countries such as Japan, Iraq, the US, Britain, the Philippines, Canada, Chile and Turkey

    Richard Ford, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: Resource trends and resource management in Africa, community participation and sustainable development, conflict mediation, community-based planning, monitoring and evaluation

    Robert Goble, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: Physics, energy studies, atmospheric transport, risk analysis and management

    Prista Ratanapruck, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

     

    Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.

    IDCE Research Professor

    Research Interests/Specialization: Local institutions, women and public policy, peasant-state relations, gender issues, non-governmental organizations

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    Part-time Faculty

    Jennifer M. Safford-Farquharson, M.Ed.
    Adjunct Professor, Community Development and Planning

    Frank T. Kartheiser, M.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Community Development and Planning

    Michael Krikonis
    Adjunct Professor, Community Development and Planning

    Kristen D. Las, AICP, M.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Community Development and Planning

    Dodi Swope, M.Ed
    Adjunct Instructor, Community Development and Planning

    Sarah Woodside, M.A.
    Adjunct Lecturer, International Development and Social Change

    Honglei Zhu, Ph.D.
    Lead Programmer, Clark Labs

    Affiliate Faculty

    Affiliate faculty teach IDCE classes and supervise research activities. Among them:

    Charles Agosta, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair of Physics

    Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Sociology
     
    Mary-Ellen Boyle, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management

    Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Geography

    Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
    Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
    Director, Peace Studies Program

    Eric DeMeulenaere, Ph.D.
    Title Unavailable, Department of Education

    Patrick Derr, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Philosophy

    Jody Emel, Ph.D.
    Associate Director and Professor, School of Geography

    Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Susan Foster, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology

    Karen Frey, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Geography

    Donna Gallo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate School of Management

    Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
    Professor of Economics

    Frederick Greenaway, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chairman of Chemistry

    David Hibbett, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology

    Amy Ickowitz, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

    Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

    Dominik Kulakowski, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Geography

    Laurence A. Lewis, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Geography

    Todd Livdahl, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology

    Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School of Geography

    Sarah Michaels, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Education

    James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, School of Geography

    Richard Peet, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Geography

    Ravi Perry, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

    Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School of Geography; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Active Pedagogy

    Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Geography

    Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

    Amy Richter, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History

    Deborah Robertson, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biology

    Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Geography

    John Rogan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Geography

    Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
    Research Professor, Department of History

    Robert Ross, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Sociology Director, International Studies Stream

    Joseph Sarkis, Ph.D.
    Professor of Operations and Environmental Management

    Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

    Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

    Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology

    Heather Wiatrowski, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Adjunct Faculty in Chemistry

    Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Geography

    Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

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    Jennie Stephens, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

    Jennie Stephens’ research, teaching, and community engagement focuses in various ways on accelerating a societal transition toward sustainability, with a particular focus on climate change mitigation. Stephens has particular interest in energy technologies with potential to contribute to a stabilization of atmospheric CO2 concentrations. She focuses on understanding non-technical factors influencing the deployment of renewable energy, particularly wind power, and also in understanding the social dimensions of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

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