Meet Our Faculty

Peter Cannavò, Associate Professor of Government

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, Professor of Africana Studies

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

Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies

B. Arch., Syracuse University; M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: race and the built environment, digital humanities, spatial humanities, heritage preservation, urban history, South Africa and Southern Africa, truth and reconciliation in post-conflict countries and diaspora studies

Onno Oerlemans, Professor of Literature

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, Associate Professor of Biology

B.A., Oberlin College; M.S., University of Washington; 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

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

B.A., Columbia College; M.A., Columbia University; 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, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

B.A., B.S. and M.A., The 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

Andrea Townsend, Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: behavioral ecology, disease ecology

Contact Information

Environmental Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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