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Program 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.

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David Bell, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Practice — International Development and Social Change

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jude Fernando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in 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.

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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.

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Ellen Foley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change
Interim Director of International Development, Community, and Environment Department


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

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Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

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

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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.

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Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jie Tian, Ph.D.

Gregory Trencher, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Research Interests/Specialization: University sustainability partnerships, co-design and co-production of sustainability knowledge and societal transformations, social and technical innovation for sustainability, university-industry collaboration and technology transfer, urban sustainability, living laboratories, city-level climate policy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Robert Goble, Ph.D.

IDCE Research Professor

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

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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

Kate Doiron, MS
Adjunct Professor, GIS for Development and Environment

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

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