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Meet Our Faculty

Peter  Cannavò

Peter Cannavò, Professor of Government

pcannavo@hamilton.edu
A.B., Harvard University; M.P.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: environmental political theory, republican political thought, environmental politics, land-use politics, political geography, and climate change
Heather Merrill

Heather Merrill, Professor of Africana Studies

hmerrill@hamilton.edu
B.A., New York University; M.A., Teachers College Columbia University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: critical human geography; race, place, and belonging in Italy, Black Europe, and the U.S.; gender and intersectionality; African Diasporic politics and identity in Italy; Blackness and anti-blackness
Onno Oerlemans

Onno Oerlemans, Professor of Literature

ooerlema@hamilton.edu
B.A. and M.A., Queen's University, Kingston, Canada; Ph.D., Yale University
Areas of expertise: Romantic period literature, animals in literature, animal rights, nature writing – literature and environmentalism, and cultural and political history of the Adirondack Park
William Pfitsch

William Pfitsch, Associate Professor of Biology

wpfitsch@hamilton.edu
; B.A., Oberlin College; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise: the biology, ecology, physiological ecology and physiology of plants; community, ecosystem and invasive plant ecologies; habitat restoration; tropical and alpine ecologies; and biology teaching

Alexandra Plakias '02, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

aaplakia@hamilton.edu
B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise: metaethics, moral psychology and ethics
Frank Sciacca

Frank Sciacca, Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Associate Professor of German & Russian Languages & Literatures

B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of expertise: Russian language, 20th-century Russian literature and art, Russian Orthodox Church, Russian and Ukrainian folklore and folk culture, food politics and culture
Julie Starr

Julie Starr, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

jstarr@hamilton.edu
B.A., B.S., and M.A., Ohio State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia
Areas of expertise: China, East Asia, cultural anthropology; bodies, gender, race; food, urban ethnography, consumer culture, comparative ethnography, history of anthropology
Aaron Strong

Aaron Strong, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

astrong@hamilton.edu
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Stanford University
Andrea Townsend

Andrea Townsend, Assistant Professor of Biology

aktownse@hamilton.edu
B.A., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: behavioral ecology, disease ecology
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198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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