Environmental Studies
Multidisciplinary Program

This program invites students to explore environmental issues through a wide range of perspectives in the social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities and the arts. Students combine work in a particular field of their choice with multidisciplinary courses, often team-taught, in the program. The major involves field experience undertaken in regional settings (such as Vassar’s 416-acre ecological preserve and urban ecology projects in New York City) and through international programs. Introductory and senior seminars frame the major, which also includes a senior project or thesis of the student’s own design.

Associate Professor and Chair of Cognitive Science
BA, Bard College; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Sociology
BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City; MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology
BA, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; MA, PhD, SUNY at Binghamton
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BS, University of California-Riverside; PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
Professor of Education on the Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. Chair & Coordinator of Teacher Education
BA, MA, Wesleyan University; PhD, Stanford University
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography
BS, Cornell University; MA, Clark University; MS, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; PhD, Clark University
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
BA, University of California-Irvine; MA, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair
BA, University of Chicago; MM, Butler University; PhD, University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, University of Winnipeg; MS, PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Assistant Professor of Anthropology on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair
BA, BS, Loyola University Chicago; MA, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Professor of Psychological Science
BA, University of Florida; MS, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies
BA, Carleton College; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Professor of Political Science
BA, Lafayette College; MA, University of Delaware; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair
BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, University of Virginia-Main Campus
Associate Professor of Art
BS, Yale University; MA, PhD, New York University
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, University of Calgary; PhD, Saint Louis University-Main Campus
Assistant Professor of English
BA, Queens University; MA, McGill University; PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology
BA, Brandeis University; MA, PhD, Princeton University
Professor of Geography
BA, Pomona College; MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
BA, University of Florida; MA, University of California-Irvine; PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Earth Science
BA, Pomona College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
Professor of Political Science on the F. Thompson Chair
BA, Duke University; MIA, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
Professor of Economics
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MA, Stanford University; MES, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD, Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Biology on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair
BS, Loyola University New Orleans; PhD, Boston University
Professor of English
BA, Indiana University-Bloomington; MA, Stanford University; PhD, University of Virginia-Main Campus
Professor of Anthropology
BA, Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BA, Wesleyan University; MS, Yale University; MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy
BA, MA, Carleton University; PhD, Boston University
Assistant Professor of Earth Science and Environmental Studies
BS, University of Delaware; MS, PhD, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
BA, Stony Brook University; MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; PhD, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
BFA, Pratt Institute-Main
Professor of Biology and Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair
BA, College of the Atlantic; PhD, Duke University
Professor of Physics and Chair of Physics and Astronomy
BA, University of Maryland-College Park; BS, Delaware State University; MA, PhD, Temple University
Associate Professor and Chair of Education
BFA, Pratt Institute-Main; MS, Long Island University-University Center; PhD, SUNY at Albany
Professor of English
BA, University of San Diego; MFA, Mills College; PhD, University of California-Davis
Professor of Earth Science on the Althea Ward Clark Chair
BA, Occidental College; PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz
Professor of Political Science on the Betty Goff Cook Cartwright Chair
BA, Osmania University; MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
BA, Trinity College; MA, PhD, Emory University
Professor and Chair of Sociology
BA, University of California-Los Angeles; MA, PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
Professor of Geography
BA, Middlebury College; MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and Chair of Political Science
BA, Moi University; MA, Keele University; PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Associate Professor of Psychological Science
BS, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Professor of Hispanic Studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair
BA, Universidad de Puerto Rico; MA, MPhil, PhD, New York University
Associate Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies
BA, Cornell University; MA, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
Assistant Professor of Biology
BS, University of New Mexico-Main Campus; PhD, University of California-San Diego
Professor of Economics
BA, University of Toronto; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor of Political Science
BA, MA, Université de Rennes 1; PhD, University of Massachusetts
Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Oberlin College; BA, MS, University of California-Santa Cruz; PhD, Oregon State University
Associate Professor of Philosophy
DPhil, University of Oxford; BA, St Johns College; BPhil, BA, University of Oxford
Professor of Biology on the J. P. Giraud, Jr. Chair
BS, College of William and Mary; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, Willamette University; PhD, Boston University
Professor of Earth Science
BS, Western Washington University; MA, PhD, Dartmouth College
Professor of Geography and Chair of Earth Science and Geography
BS, MS, Peking University (北京大学); PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities