Graduate Faculty

Faculty are divided into two categories: Core and Graduate Faculty. Core faculty are central to the department. They teach and advise both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate faculty may be based out of another department at Rutgers. They advise graduate students only. Graduate faculty includes the core faculty.

Core Faculty

Graduate Faculty

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  • James DeFilippis
  • (Ph.D., Rutgers)
  • Phone: (848) 932-5475 x734
  • Email: jdefilip@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: community development, housing policy, immigration, labor
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Nate Gabriel
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • (Ph.D., Rutgers)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-246
  • Phone: 848-445-4362
  • Email: nategab@geography.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: political ecology, urban space, the public sphere, automation, diverse economies, sustainability, parks and green space
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • D. Asher Ghertner
  • Associate Professor
  • (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-238
  • Phone: (848) 445-4128
  • Email: a.ghertner@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: urban geography, development and displacement, political ecology, aesthetic politics, ethnography, postcolonialism, India
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Michael R. Greenberg
  • (Ph.D., Columbia)
  • Phone: (848) 932-0387
  • Email: mrg@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental health, mathematical models
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Heidi Hausermann (on leave)
  • (Ph.D., University of Arizona)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9146
  • Email: heidi.hausermann@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: political ecology, environmental governance, livelihoods, health, the political economy of land-use/cover change, Mexico, Ghana
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Wolfram Hoefer
  • (Ph.D., Technical University of Munich Germany, 2000)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9313
  • Email: whoefer@sebs.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: cultural interpretation of brownfields, the role of public spaces in social relations
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Melanie Hughes McDermott
  • (Ph.D., UC Berkeley)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9153
  • Email: mmcdermott@aesop.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: political ecology, community-based resource management, urban forestry, Southeast Asia, US
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • David Hughes
  • (Ph.D., UC Berkeley)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9153 x361
  • Email: dhughes@aesop.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: political ecology, conservation, colonialism, climate justice, Southern Africa, Trinidad, race and nature
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Robert Lake
  • (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
  • Phone: (848) 932-3133 x521
  • Email: rlake@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: community development, environmental politics, planning theory, locational conflict, urban and political geography
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Richard G. Lathrop Jr.
  • (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Phone: (848) 932-1580
  • Email: lathrop@crssa.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: monitoring and modeling terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, landscape dynamics using remote sensing, geographic information systems
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Robin Leichenko
  • Professor & Department Chair
  • (Ph.D., Penn State)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-265
  • Phone: (848) 445-4056
  • Email: robin.leichenko@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: economic geography, climate & society, urban & regional vulnerability and resilience, equity & environmental justice, globalization
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • Andrea Marston
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
  • (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B-255
  • Phone: (848) 445-2445
  • Email: andrea.marston@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental politics, postcolonial geographies, resource extraction, Science and Technology Studies, feminist geographies, Latin America
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • Pam McElwee
  • (Ph.D., Yale University)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9209
  • Email: pamela.mcelwee@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: political ecology, climate vulnerability, conservation, forests, gender, environmental justice, environmental conflict & security, Asia, Vietnam
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Kathe Newman
  • (Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York)
  • Phone: (848) 932-3822 x556
  • Email: knewman@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: urban politics, gentrification, affordable housing, predatory lending, power, race, class, and gender
  • Graduate Faculty

Webpage

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  • Karl F. Nordstrom
  • (Ph.D., Rutgers)
  • Phone: (848) 932-6555 x502
  • Email: nordstro@imcs.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental management, restoration of landforms and habitats, geomorphology
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Karen M. O'Neill
  • (Ph.D., UCLA)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9208
  • Email: koneill@aesop.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: governance, water and land resources, policy history, flood control, resilience planning and policy
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Frank J. Popper
  • (Ph.D., Harvard)
  • Phone: (848) 932-4009 x689
  • Email: fpopper@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: land use and environmental policy, natural resources management, American regional development
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Edward Ramsamy
  • Phone: (848) 445-8072
  • Email: ramsamy@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: development, social theory, race, culture and identity, Southern Africa
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Åsa Rennermalm
  • Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
  • (on sabbatical from 7/1/19–6/30/20); acting Undergrad Program Director is Paul O’Keefe.
  • (Ph.D., Princeton)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B214
  • Phone: (848) 445-4731
  • Email: asa.rennermalm@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: hydrology, climatology, Arctic region
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • Kevon Rhiney
  • Assistant Professor
  • (Ph.D., University of the West Indies)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B-259
  • Phone: (848) 445-4375
  • Email: kevon.rhiney@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: global change, rural agrarian livelihoods, biopolitics, political ecology, environmental justice, postcolonial thought, Caribbean region
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • David Robinson
  • Distinguished Professor
  • NJ State Climatologist
  • (Ph.D., Columbia)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-230
  • Phone: (848) 445-4741
  • Email: david.robinson@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: My research interests run the spatial gamut from global to local, with an underlying theme being the development of a better understanding of the climate system.
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • Laura C. Schneider
  • Associate Professor & Graduate Director
  • (Ph.D., Clark)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-234
  • Phone: (848) 445-0071
  • Email: laura.schneider@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: land change science, socio-ecological resilience, tropical forest regrowth, Latin America
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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  • Ethan Schoolman
  • (Ph.D., University of Michigan 2013)
  • Phone: (848) 932-9203
  • Email: ethan.schoolman@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental and social dimensions of local, regional and alternative food systems
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Mi Shih
  • (Ph.D., Rutgers)
  • Phone: (848) 932-2755
  • Email: mi.shih@ejb.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: land development and property rights, displacement, urban geography, city redevelopment, social protests and citizenship in China
  • Graduate Faculty

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  • Kevin St Martin
  • Associate Professor
  • (Ph.D., Clark)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-232
  • Phone: (848) 445-3634
  • Email: kstmarti@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: economic geography, diverse economies, political ecology, community and commons, critical cartographies, GIS
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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