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.

Professor of Sociology
BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City; MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
Interests

Global Racism
Anti-Racist Movements

Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology
BA, Rutgers University; MA, PhD, Binghamton University
Interests

Archaeological Anthropology
Community Engagement
Environmental Studies
Forensic Science

Associate Professor of Chemistry
BS, University of California-Riverside; PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
Interests

Biophysical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Behavior of Heavy Metals in Water

Professor of Education on the Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. Chair & Coordinator of Teacher Education
BA, MA, Wesleyan University; PhD, Stanford University
Interests

International Comparative Education
Educational Reform
Teacher Education
Youth Sports

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
BA, University of California-Irvine; MA, PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Interests

 

Hispanic Studies

 

Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair
BA, University of Chicago; MM, Butler University; PhD, University of Chicago
Interests

Music Composition

Associate Professor of Biology
BS, University of Winnipeg; MS, PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Interests

Biogeochemistry

Assistant Professor of Anthropology on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair
BA, BS, Loyola University Chicago; MA, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Interests

Paleoanthropology
Brain Evolution & Development
Primate Biology & Behavior

Professor of Psychological Science
BA, University of Florida; MS, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Interests

Human Emotions
Emotional Expression

Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies
BA, Carleton College; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Interests

Geography

Professor of Political Science
BA, Lafayette College; MA, University of Delaware; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Interests

Histories of Political Thought
Philosophies of Social and Political Inquiry, Explanation, and Interpretation
Modern Political Ideologies
Secularity
Modernity
Bordering Practices
Coloniality and Otherness
Datafication

Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair
BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, University of Virginia
Interests

19th-Century United States History
Women in the United States up to 1890
History of the American West

Associate Professor of Art
BS, Yale University; MA, PhD, New York University
Interests

Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, architecture, landscape and urbanism

Associate Professor of Biology and the Pauline Newman Director of Science, Technology, and Society
BS, University of Calgary; PhD, Saint Louis University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography
BA, University of Washington; MA, Columbia University; PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
Interests

political ecology; natural resources; Africa; conservation; feminist and postcolonial theory; environmental governance
 

Assistant Professor of English
BA, Queens University; MA, McGill University; PhD, Columbia University
Professor of Geography and Chair of Earth Science and 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
Interests

19th, 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures and media
Translation
Word and Music Studies
Animal Studies
Self-fashioning (autobiography and related genres, manipulation of various media)
French Feminisms
Biocultural Interpretation (applying cognitive and evolutionary research to the study of literature, theory and culture)

Professor of Political Science on the F. Thompson Chair and Director of Research Development
BA, Duke University; MIA, PhD, Columbia University
Interests

Latin American Studies

Associate Professor of Economics
BS, MES, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MA, PhD, Stanford University
Interests

Applied Microeconomics
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Environmental and Energy Economics
Political Economy
Labor Economics

Assistant Professor of Biology on the Mary Clark Rockefeller Chair
BS, Loyola University New Orleans; PhD, Boston University
Associate Professor of Religion
BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
Professor of English
BA, Yale University; MA, University of Melbourne; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
Professor of Anthropology
BA, Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago
Interests

Political Anthropology

Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
BA, Wesleyan University; MS, Yale University; MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
Interests

Environmental chemistry of arsenic: fundamental chemical and microbiological processes which control arsenic and other trace metal mobility

Associate Professor of Philosophy
BA, Carleton University; PhD, Boston University
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
Interests

Robotics
Biomechanics

Professor of Physics and Chair of Physics and Astronomy
BA, University of Maryland-College Park; BS, Delaware State University; MA, PhD, Temple University
Interests

Chaos and Complexity
Diffraction
Diatomic Spectroscopy of Alkalis
Quantum Optics
Opto-Mechanical Techniques
Biophotonics

Associate Professor and Chair of Education
BFA, Pratt Institute; MS, Long Island University; PhD, SUNY at Albany
Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies
BA, University of San Diego; MFA, Mills College; PhD, University of California-Davis
Interests

Native American Studies
Contemporary Literature
Contemporary Poetry

Professor of Earth Science on the Althea Ward Clark Chair
BA, Occidental College; PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz
Interests

Past Climate Change

Professor of Political Science on the Betty Goff Cook Cartwright Chair
BA, Osmania University; MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Interests

Globalization
Critical International Relations
South Asian Politics and Postcolonial Theory

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
Interests

Urban studies
social theory
food systems
musical urbanism

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; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Interests

Developmental Psychology
Contemplative Science and Practice
Rhythms of Activity
Touch and Movement
Creativity

Professor of Hispanic Studies on the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair
BA, Universidad de Puerto Rico; MA, MPhil, PhD, New York University
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
BA, MA, PhD, Columbia University
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
Interests

Political Theory; Feminist Theory; New Materialisms; Environmental Political Theory (EPT); The Nonhuman, the Posthuman; Queer and Feminist Ecologies; Environmentalism

Professor of Biology
BA, Colorado College; MS, PhD, University of Washington
Interests

Biology; Plant Diversity & Evolution; Field Botany; Evolutionary Genetics; Ecology & Evolution of Sexual Reproduction

Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Oberlin College; BA, MS, University of California-Santa Cruz; PhD, Oregon State University
Associate Professor of Philosophy
BA, St Johns College; BA, BPhil, DPhil, University of Oxford
Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology
Interests

Neuroscience and Behavior; Stress Physiology; Evo-Devo; Science Communication

Assistant Professor of Art and Urban Studies
BA, Federal University of Technology Minna; MA, University of Central Oklahoma; PhD, Princeton University
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, Willamette University; PhD, Boston University
Interests

Animal Behavioral Ecology; Life-History and Phenotypic Evolution; Embryonic and Larval Development; Predator-Prey Interactions

Professor of Earth Science
BS, Western Washington University; MA, PhD, Dartmouth College
Professor of Geography
BS, MS, Peking University (北京大学); PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities