Faculty


George F. Clark, Ph.D.

UNDERGRADUATE DIRECTOR
Assistant Teaching Professor


Cara L. Cuite

Assistant Extension Specialist
Research Interests:
Public perceptions of food risks; communication about foodborne illness; emergency preparedness among vulnerable populations; food access and the homebound elderly


Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Professor
Research Interests:
Cultural analyses of psychiatric epidemiology; the integration of cultural syndromes into psychiatric epidemiology and clinical research; cultural competence in mental health services research; processes of culture change among immigrants


William K. Hallman, Ph.D.

Professor
Research Interests:
Risk perception and risk communication, public policy related to food safety, food security, and public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, technology, health, and the environment.


Heidi Hausermann, Ph.D.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE DIRECTOR
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Nature-society theory; political ecology, environmental governance; health and the environment, and land-use/cover change


Kristin Hunter-Thomson, M.S.

Teaching Instructor
Research Interests:
How to enhance science and data literacy skills to support a science literate society


Rebecca Jordan, Ph.D.

Professor
Research Interests:
Public understanding of science; citizen science; how non-experts engage in scientific practices; environmental/social influences on behavioral change


Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (also in Africana Studies)
Research Interests:
African American health; neighborhoods; urban inequality; race and racism


Jill Lipoti, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Research Interests:
Inculcating sustainability into the Rutgers experience for undergraduates, investigating the gamification of sustainability actions. Investigating the effect of the arts on the culture of sustainability. Improving planning for recovery from large scale nuclear or radiological incidents.


Melanie McDermott

Assistant Research Professor
Research Interests:
Social impacts of climate change mitigation/adaptation; political ecology of natural resource management- emphasis on community forestry; indigenous land rights; non-timber forest products and agroforestry; sprawl, green spaces, and urban forestry; environmental risk communication


Pamela McElwee

Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Biodiversity; climate change; environmental change


Mary Nucci

Assistant Research Professor
Research Interests:
Science in the mass media; visual science; culture and science; rhetoric of science, informal science education, museums and science centers


Karen M. O'Neill

Associate Professor
Research Interests:
environmental restoration policy, watershed management, local land development policies, flood control, state building and private interests, policy history


Cymie Payne

Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Governance of natural resources and the environment through international, regional, national and local law


Thomas Rudel

Distinguished Professor
Research Interests:
Sustainable Development, Environmental Sociology, Land Transformations, Deforestation, Forest Transitions, Latin America


Ethan D. Schoolman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
local and regional food systems; environmental justice and food sovereignty; ethical consumption; social movements; interdisciplinarity; sustainability in higher education


Angela Senger-Mersich, M.S.

Research Associate
Research Interests:
Food insecurity; food safety; risk perception; policy, systems and environmental change


Rachael Shwom

Associate Professor
Research Interests:
How production and consumption systems have and can change to mitigate and adapt to the risks; realities of environmental change, particularly climate change


Daniel J. Van Abs, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice
Research Interests:
Water resources management, regional environmental management, watershed management, water utility management, sustainability.


Faculty Emeriti


Baruch Boxer

Professor Emeritus


Caron Chess, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
Research Interests:
Public participation; risk communication; undergraduate education


Bonnie McCay, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor
Research Interests:
Marine and coastal ecosystems and communities; the institutional aspects of adapting to and managing commercial fisheries


Andrew P. Vayda, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Research Interests:
Explaining human actions and environmental changes; successes and failures in interdisciplinarity


Neil D. Weinstein

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Research Interests:
Risk perceptions (including optimistic biases about risk), risk communication, and health-related behavior