International Development and Social Change

Program Faculty

Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Dr. Asher attempts to bring about social change by addressing issues of power related to gender, race, and historical location. Her research and teaching interests include: Culture and power, political economy, gender studies, the politics of biodiversity conservation, and Latin American studies. Her scholarly interests also address postcolonial, marxist, and feminist theories of power, and the nexus of nature/culture and politics.
Tel: 1-508-421-3823
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David Bell, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Practice and Interim Director, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Practice in International Development and Social Change IDCE Interim Director Education, empowerment, social transformation and community development
Tel: 1-508-793-7568
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Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning
Dr. Borges-Mendez has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; Latino CBO’s; Latino poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; decentralization and civil society matters in Latin America. His research and teaching interests include, 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, and research methods.
Tel: 508-421-3838
Email: rborgesmendez@clarku.edu
Tel: 1-508-421-3838
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Nigel Brissett, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Educational policy and leadership; globalization and education; higher educational access and equity; critical policy analysis; postcolonial studies; critical theory; public policy
Tel: 1-508-793-7691
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Halina Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
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
Tel: 1-508-793-7172
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Timothy Downs, D.Env.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy Environmental science and engineering, integrated capacity building for sustainable development, natural resource management, human-environment interaction
Tel: 1-508-421-3814
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J. Ronald Eastman, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography; Director, Clark Labs
Director of Clark Labs for Cartographic Technology and Geographic Analysis; Geographic information systems, remote sensing, and cartography
Tel: 508-793-7526
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Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Refugees and forced migrants, especially refugees in urban areas in the Middle East and Africa; population displacement and mobility; gender, diaspora, and citizenship; anthropology of ethnicity and race; transnational Islam; Arab League states’ immigration and naturalisation policies; music and migration; Muslim Arab Sudanese diaspora.
Tel: 1-508-421-3826
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Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change; Director of Peace Studies Program
Economic development and political economy, with emphasis on non-profit organizations, environment, gender, and child labor, particularly in South Asia
Tel: 1-508-793-8859
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William Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department; Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Fisher's research centers on the social and environmental impact of large dams, forced displacement, transnational advocacy, competition over natural resources and non-governmental organizations. His research and work for such agencies as CARE, USAID, and the UNDP have taken him to several continents. Other research activities, mostly in South Asia, include ethnic associations, competition for natural resources, non-governmental associations, and the role of participation and community-based institutions in development planning and action.
Tel: 1-508-421-3765
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Ellen Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Neoliberal health reform in West Africa, gender and health disparities, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health-enabling resources, urban health, youth violence.
Tel: 1-508-421-3815
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Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D.
Term Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), International Development, Community and Environment Department
Environmental and social determinants of health, environmental epidemiology, urban environmental health, health and ecological change, susceptible populations, the use of mixed methods in public and environmental health research
Tel: 1-508-421-3824
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Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change
Director of Asian Studies Program
States and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, displacement and irregular migration, critical humanitarianism, (late and post-) socialism, legal regimes, science and technology studies, and comparative cartographies in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater South China Sea
Tel: 1-508-793-8817
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Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment Health applications of GIS and remote sensing; environmental justice and GIS; spatial statistics; urban applications of remote sensing; land-use change and environmental degradation
Tel: 1-508-421-3805
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Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography
Geographic information science, quantitative environmental modeling, land change science, spatial statistics
Tel: 508-793-7761
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Samuel Ratick, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography; Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
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
Tel: 508-751-4608
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John Rogan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Geography; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Landscape ecology, fire ecology, remote sensing, GIS
Tel: 508-793-7562
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Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Associate Director for IDCE Social justice youth development, community based participatory research
Tel: 1-508-793-7642
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Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Disparities in obstetric care, migration and identity, culture in clinical encounters, diasporic health, bioethics, demographic anthropology, Participatory Action Research (PAR), history of obstetrics, Somali history and culture, globalization and health, advocacy anthropology, Social Networks Analysis (SNA), rumors in health care, Arab culture and identity
Tel: 1-508-421-3898
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Jennie Stephens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Climate change mitigation, energy technology innovation, socio-technical system transitions, renewable energy, wind power, "smart grid", CO2 capture and storage (CCS), stakeholder engagement in climate modeling, universities as change agents for sustainability
Tel: 1-508-793-8846
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Jie Tian, Ph.D.
Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial-temporal Analysis, Geocomputation, Web Mapping and Open Source GIS, Land use and land cover classification, Remote Sensing and Image Processing, Spatial Epidemiology and Environmental Health
Tel: 1-508-793-7527
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Mark Tigan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Practice of Community Development and Planning Community economics, citizen participation, non-profit governance, sizing public benefits with governmental subsidies, linkages between employment and housing
Tel: 508-421-3839
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Adjunct Faculty

Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Bhachu is interested in emergent cultural forms and cultural identitities in border zones and niche markets innovated from the margins by multiply-moved new global citizens. Her work deals with the production, circulation, and marketing of cultural products and commodities in multiple sites around the globe and their interpretation in local contexts. These research topics build on her long term interests in immigrant enterprises, multiple migrations and diasporas, race and ethnicity, cultural nationalisms, and consumer and popular cultures in global markets.
Tel: 1-508-793-7599
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Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography
Resource/environmental geography, animal geographies, feminist/social theory
Tel: 508-793-7317
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Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723
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Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Tel: 1-508-793-7709
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Amy Ickowitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Tel: 1-508-793-7281
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James T. Murphy, Ph.D
Associate Professor, School of Geography; Adjunct Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Economic geography, technological change, sustainable development, developing economies
Tel: 508-793-7687
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Richard Peet, Ph.D.
Leo L. '36 and Joan Kraft Laskoff Professor of Economics, Technology and Environment; Professor, School of Geography
Political economy of development, social theory, marxist geography
Tel: 508-793-7364
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Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Posner's current research focuses on democratization and political participation in developing regions, particularly Latin America. He is also interested in the impact of economic globalization and related state reforms on social organization and collective action in both developing and developed countries, and in comparative environmental policy and democratization in developing countries. Dr. Posner is also affiliated with the Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration.
Tel: 1-508-793-7253
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Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography
Environment and development, political ecology, forestry, agriculture and landscape change, with an emphasis on the role of gender, class and "popular" vs. "formal" science in resource allocation and land use.
Tel: 508-793-7176
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Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of History
Chinese social and intellectual history
Tel: 1-508-793-7213
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Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684
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Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679
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Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446
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Department Instructors

Dodi Swope,


Research Faculty

Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor of International Development and Social Change (IDSC)
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (as of January 1, 2012)
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.
Tel: (508) 421-3731
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Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The structure and function of different emotions, the relationships between emotion and action, the social psychology of non-violent action for peace and justice
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Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
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
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Richard Ford, Ph.D.
IDCE Research Professor Resource trends and resource management in Africa, community participation and sustainable development, conflict mediation, community-based planning, monitoring and evaluation
Tel: 1-508-793-7691
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Robert Goble, Ph.D.
Research Professor Director of George Perkins Marsh Institute Physics, energy studies, atmospheric transport, risk analysis and management
Tel: 1-508-793-7683
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Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
IDCE Research Professor Local institutions, women and public policy, peasant-state relations, gender issues, non-governmental organizations
Tel: 1-508-793-7454
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Visiting Faculty

Cynthia Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
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.
Tel: 1-508-793-8879
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