I teach various subjects exploring the causes and consequences of “environmental problems,” the political relations that give shape to these problems, and the predicaments of those now endeavouring to “solve” them. As a teacher, my goal is to enable students to comprehend the theories we grapple with in the classroom but also to forge connections which regularly engage this theory with their own experiences and with the broader urgencies of the ecological transformations that now surround us. To this end, my teaching emphasizes vigorous dialogue as a means of advancing student learning: dialogue with each other, with me, and with the wider worlds in which my students are implicated, locally and globally, personally and professionally.
That includes challenging students to be mindful about their intentions as they define themselves as thinkers, as emerging professionals, as young leaders, and as agents of social change facing important choices in their lives and careers. At the end of the day, I conceive of education as a process of personal and intellectual transformation whose rewards far exceed the acquisition of new knowledge or new skills. As an educator, I am committed to helping my students navigate the difficult work inherent to this process and steering them toward the vital experiences of insight, wonder, and empowerment I believe it makes uniquely possible.
This course serves as an introduction to the politics of conservation and environmental policy-making in the United States. The class is divided into four sections. We will first take stock of the alarming environmental transformations currently in motion and consider divergent perspectives regarding their political implications. Next, we will look historically at the key actors,… Continue reading Conservation & Environmental Policy
We live in a moment defined by environmental change. Yet the causes and consequences of these planetary transformations are profoundly uneven. Across race, class, gender and other forms of difference, “environmental problems” manifest in radically unequal ways, disproportionately burdening some while benefiting others. In this course, we will grapple with this central tension in debates… Continue reading Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
This seminar introduces students to the field of political ecology: as a diverse body of scholarship for understanding nature-society relations; as a source of methods for studying these relations; and as a ‘way of seeing’ which prompts us to critically examine the political causes and unequal consequences of global environmental problems, the purported solutions to them,… Continue reading Global Political Ecology
This semester we will tackle the question of social change — namely, by popping the hood of a few social change “vehicles” (i.e. organized efforts pursuing some positive social and/or environmental impact) and troubleshooting their different methods, models, strategies, ways of operating, and sets of assumptions in relation to social change and how it is believed to… Continue reading Community-Engaged Environmental Practicum