I teach various subjects exploring the tangled causes and uneven consequences of environmental problems, the social and political relations that underpin these problems, and the predicaments of those working to address them. My goal is to enable students not only to comprehend the theories we grapple with in the classroom but to forge connections that regularly engage this theory with their own experiences and with the broader urgencies of the ecological transformations that now surround them. 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. Education in my view is not only an individual but a social, collective endeavour — a crucial means of envisioning and enacting more just, more sustainable futures right here and right now (when it works!).
This seminar will introduce students to the field of political ecology: as an eclectic 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 consequences of global environmental problems, the purported solutions to them,… Continue reading Global Political Ecology
We live in a moment defined by environmental change. Yet the causes and consequences of these transformations are profoundly uneven. Across race, class, gender, and other forms of difference, “environmental problems” manifest in radically unequal ways, disproportionately burdening some while implicating others. In this course we will grapple with this basic tension in debates concerning… Continue reading Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
In this course, students will work in small groups with one of a variety of partners and organizations to complete a semester-long, community-engaged project. Project themes vary by term and typically focus on local and regional environmental issues that have broader application. Projects rely on students’ creativity, interdisciplinary perspectives, skills, and knowledge developed through their… Continue reading Community-Engaged Environmental Practicum