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Anna Vemer Andrzejewski, Director
Anna Vemer Andrzejewski is Director of CHE. She is also a Professor in the Art History Department, where she teaches courses on the history of North American vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Anna is also an affiliate of the Department of Geography and the Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and she co-directs the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Ph.D. Program (a collaboration with the UW-Milwaukee). Anna has published Building Power: Architecture and Surveillance in Victorian America (Tennessee, 2008) as well as many articles on postwar suburban architecture. She is currently finishing a book on the post World War II building industry; working with graduate students in art history and geography on a multi-year research project on the cultural landscape of the northern Great Plains; and beginning a project on the cultural landscape of retirement in south Florida.
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Rachel Gurney, Assistant Director
Dr. Rachel M. Gurney is the Assistant Director of CHE. She is an environmental sociologist with a background in journalism, environmental science, and sociology. Her current research focuses on climate adaptation, socio-political dimensions of climate change, and food insecurity. Rachel specializes in interdisciplinary research bridging social and natural sciences, teaching environmental sociology, and communicating research to the public. She has years of experience in the environmental field, including advocacy and outreach for national and international environmental organizations, teaching and research, and publishing and editing social science environmental research for a variety of audiences and publication platforms.
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Visiting Faculty Associate

Christof Mauch
Christof Mauch is the Carl Schurz Memorial Professor at UW-Madison, Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and Chair in American Cultural History at LMU Munich. He is an Honorary Professor at Renmin University in China, a past President of the European Society for Environmental History and a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. (1999-2007). Mauch has published books in the field of German literature and history, U.S. History and international environmental history. He is currently working on a project about the Bavarian Forest National Park as well as on an environmental history of the United States titled Grüne Neue Welt: Reisen in die Geschichte und Natur der USA (Green New World: Travels into U.S. Nature and History). His recent publications include “Malibu, California: Edenic Illusions and Natural Disasters” in: Hersey and Steinberg, A Field on Fire: Essays on the Future of Environmental History (2019) and Slow Hope: Rethinking Ecologies of Crisis and Fear (2019).
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Samer Alatout
Samer Alatout is the director of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. He is an associate professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Graduate Program of Sociology, and an affiliate associate professor in Geography. His research interests are in the sociology of science and technology; environmental governance; environmental sociology; and social theories of power. Alatout is writing a book manuscript on the history and politics of water in Palestine 1750-the present. In addition, Alatout is involved in two particularly involved research projects. The first is an ongoing theoretical engagement with social theories of power and governmentality. The second is a comparative project examining the mutual construction of political and ecological orders in border zones.
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Monique Allewaert
Monique Allewaert’s research integrates literary analysis with political and environmental theory to contribute to an American studies that attends to the flows and structures of colonialism that shape the Western hemisphere. This hemispheric orientation of the field develops through sub- and supra-national frames and problematics in an effort to uncover understandings of personhood, community, and place that were etiolated by earlier organizations of the field. Her book Ariel’s Ecology (University of Minnesota, 2013) argues that in the American plantation zone human bodies were experienced and mythologized not as integrated political subjects but as bodies in parts. Allewaert is currently working on a book tentatively titled Cut Up: Colonial Insectophilia and Enlightenment from Below, which explores an occluded colonial way of thinking the small and the partial. Focusing on insects as paradigmatic micro-scale entities, this book aims to show how Enlightenment epistemological and ontological claims shifted in cultural peripheries, giving rise to a minoritarian Enlightenment tradition that can be recovered as a potential for contemporary environmentalism, politics, and aesthetics.
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Emily Arthur
Emily Arthur sees nature as an interdependent living force rather than as the backdrop for human events. Land is living matter that holds specific meaning to a place. This is the nature-based perspective through which she conducts her research. Her fine art practice is informed by a concern for the environment, displacement, exile and the return home from dislocation and separation. She seeks the unbroken relationship between modern culture and ancient lands which uses tradition and story to make sense of the enduring quest to understand our changing experience of home.
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Ian Baird
Ian Baird is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. His interests are varied, and include the political ecology of hydropower dam development in the Mekong Region, economic land concessions in Laos and Cambodia, the concept of indigeneity in Asia, the history of political and military conflict in mainland Southeast Asia, and nature-society-politics in upland parts of mainland Southeast Asia, especially amongst the Brao and the Hmong.
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Katarzyna Beilin
Kata Beilin is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Faculty Director of Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. She is also an affiliate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. Her current work focuses on cultures, technologies and environments in the Hispanic World with a special focus on relations between humans, plants, and plantations. She is currently writing two books: Interspecies; Mayan Anthropocene focused on Yucatan, and All That Matters: Crises and Alternative Economic Cultures in Contemporary Spain. She is also directing a film titled Beyond Mayan Bees. Among her recent publications are: In Search of Alternative Biopolitics: Antibulfighting, Animality and the Environment in Contemporary Spain (Ohio State University Press, 2015), as well as co-edited Environmental Cultural Studies Through Time (Hispanic Issues Online, forthcoming) and Ethics of Life; Contemporary Iberian Debates (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016).
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Michael Bell
Michael Bell is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, and Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. He conducts research on a wide variety of topics, but three central foci can be found in all of his work: dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social inequality. Currently, Mike is writing a book about the intertwined histories of ideas of nature, religion, and community. He is also conducting participatory agroecological development work with a cooperative of 800 smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Mike is a part-time musician and composer, and plays mandolin with Graminy, a Madison-based "class-grass" quintet.
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William Brockliss
Will Brockliss is an assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, where he has been pursuing interests in (broadly speaking) the natural and the unnatural, and in the intersections between the two. His book, Homeric Imagery and the Natural Environment (forthcoming, Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press) explores interactions between Homeric vegetal images and characteristics of flowers and trees in the Greek natural environment. He is now working on a second monograph, Horror in Ancient Epic, which will embrace landscapes of abjection in the battle narratives of Greek and Roman poetry. A third project will explore representations of landscape in the poetry of the Peloponnesian War and the First World War.
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Joshua Calhoun
Joshua Calhoun is an associate professor in the Department of English whose most recent work explores the ecopoetic interplay between literary ideas and the physical forms they are made to take as sixteenth- and seventeenth-century texts. In his first book, The Nature of the Page: Poetry, Papermaking, & Ecology in Renaissance England (forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press), Calhoun argues that the flora, fauna, and mineralia from which a Renaissance text—or a clay tablet, or a birch bark map, or an iPhone— is made are legible, significant elements of its poetic form. His work draws on scholarly as well as journalistic training (as an intern at Outside Magazine), and his commitment to questions about conservation, land use, and wilderness are deeply informed by his experiences growing up in the Adirondacks.
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Eric Carson
Eric Carson is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences in UW-Extension, and a Quaternary geologist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. He is interested in issues of geologic processes and the history of landscape development in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin and similar locations along the Last Glacial Maximum ice margin across the mid-continent of North America. Current projects he is working on include developing new methods of dating glacier fluctuations using sediment from former ice-marginal lakes, and unraveling the history of continental-scale drainage basin reorganizations over time.
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Nadia Chana
Nadia Chana is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. Her recent dissertation, On Listening on Indigenous Land: Method, Context, Crisis relied on a variety of methods – including multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in northern Alberta and the California Bay Area – to consider how singing and listening become critical tools for building a felt relationship with a more-than-human world. More generally, Nadia is interested in voice (audible and metaphoric), racialization, embodiment, practice-based ways of knowing, Indigenous–settler relations, Bay Area spirituality, nonhuman agency, and experimental and collaborative ethnography. While Nadia situates her work within music studies, thinkers in critical Indigenous studies and feminist science studies have often been her guiding stars.

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William Cronon
William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us. He is currently developing a new lecture course on the historical geography of the United States entitled "The Making of the American Landscape," which he will use as the basis for a new book of that same title. He has also long been at work on a micro-scale environmental history of Portage, Wisconsin.
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Joe Dennis
Joe Dennis is an historian of late imperial China, especially the Ming (1368-1644). His research and teaching focus on Chinese social, legal, and book history. He is currently researching the history of legal education, schools, and libraries in imperial China. In 2015 he published Writing, Publishing, and Reading Local Gazetteers in Imperial China, 1100-1700 (Harvard University Asia Center).
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Eve Emshwiller
Eve Emshwiller is an Associate Professor in the Botany Department. Her research interests center on the ethnobotany, systematics, evolution, and conservation of crop plants and their wild relatives. She studies agrobiodiversity, especially the domestication of crops, their evolution under human influence, and their conservation biology. Current projects include research on the phylogenetics and morphological evolution of the genus Oxalis, the origins of polyploidy and domestication of the Andean tuber crop "oca," Oxalis tuberosa, and the distribution of clones of oca in traditional Andean agriculture. Members of her lab also research manoomin (wild-rice) harvest traditions, evolution of feral wild mustard in Mexico under different traditional management practices, factors that affect the loss or maintenance of oca clonal diversity, organic acids in oca, and the origins of domestication in Chenopodium. She teaches UW-Madison’s first ethnobotany course and is now also teaching "Plants and Humans.”
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Anna M. Gade
Anna M. Gade is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Religious Studies. Gade is a scholar of global Islam whose research and teaching address topics in comparative Muslim and religious responses to environmental change.
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Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke uses her training in rhetoric to study and intervene in the human dimensions of natural resources management. She takes a mixed-methods, watershed-based approach to research into dam removals, fish conservation, and watershed restoration. Druschke has presented internationally on her work, published in communication and conservation journals, and received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Park Service and fellowships from the US Environmental Protection Agency and AAUW. Her interdisciplinary work began with a concentration in Gender and Women's Studies and a fellowship in the National Science Foundation-IGERT program in Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Claudio Gratton
Claudio Gratton's research is broadly focused on understanding the relationship between land use and the conservation of insects both beneficial to people (pollinators and predators), and those that are pests of crops. In particular, his lab has been studying how agriculture influences the services that nature provides to people via the conservation of biodiversity. Recently they have been exploring ways to make science a more integral part of the decision-making processes that ultimately shape what people do in our landscapes to affect not only crops, but also the environment and, ultimately, society more broadly.
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Elizabeth Hennessy
Elizabeth Hennessy is assistant professor of World Environmental History in the History Department and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She is also affiliated with the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies program (LACIS). Trained as a geographer, she works at the intersection of political ecology, science and technologies studies, animal studies, and environmental history. Her main research project focuses on the most iconic species of the Galápagos Islands, giant tortoises, to trace intertwined transnational histories of capitalist development, evolutionary science, and conservation in the archipelago. She teaches courses on both global and Latin American environmental history as well as the role of animals in world history.
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Leah Horowitz
As a critical cultural geographer, Leah Horowitz's research focuses on conflicts over environmental governance, involving local communities, governments at various scales, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and grassroots groups. Ultimately, her work aims to help find ways for all these stakeholders to work together toward environmental conservation. She has addressed these research goals through studies of mining activities and biodiversity conservation, primarily in New Caledonia, Malaysia, and the U.S. Specifically, her research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks and the crucial role emotions play within these in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance as well as resistance to them.
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Sara Hotchkiss
Sara Hotchkiss studies ecology on time scales that range from decades to tens of thousands of years, comparing observations of modern ecosystems with paleoecological data. Her projects include studies of ecosystem disturbance, climate change, and human-landscape interactions in the Great Lakes region and the Hawaiian Islands.
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Randall Jackson
The scholarship in Randall Jackson's grassland ecology group is focused on understanding how our agricultural management of agroecosystems influences their ability to provide many ecosystem services to humans.
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Lynn Keller
Lynn Keller is the Bradshaw Knight Professor of the Environmental Humanities, an honor awarded her as the Director of CHE, and the Martha Meier Renk Bascom Professor of Poetry in the English Department. Her most recent book, Recomposing Ecopoetics: North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene (2017, University of Virginia Press) examines twenty-first century poetry that addresses some of the urgent environmental challenges we face today. The author also of Re-Making it New: Contemporary American Poetry and the Modernist Tradition; Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women, and Thinking Poetry: Readings in Contemporary Women’s Exploratory Poetics; as well as numerous articles and a co-edited collection, Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory, she specializes in contemporary U.S. poetry. She co-edits the Contemporary North American Poetry Series of scholarly books from the University of Iowa Press. Her current project concerns recent ecopoetic explorations of plant life and its significance in the Anthropocene.
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Richard Keller
Rick Keller's research lies at the intersection of the history and ethnography of European and global health. He is the author of Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (Chicago, 2015) and Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (Chicago, 2007), and is co-editor of Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties (Duke, 2011), Enregistrer les morts, identifier les surmortalités. Une comparaison Angleterre, Etats-Unis et France (Presses de l’EHESP, 2010), and a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, "Life after Biopolitics” (2016). He is currently at work on a global history of the environment, as well as a project on the links between disease ecology and changes in global consumer demand. Keller teaches courses on the historical and contemporary dimensions of European and international health.
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Richard Keyser
Richard Keyser teaches primarily in Legal Studies, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program. His intellectual communities extend to History and Environmental Studies, where his classes are cross-listed, including two that focus on the environment (Law and Environment; European Environmental History). His research focuses on medieval legal and environmental history, and has appeared in the Revue Historique, French Historical Studies, and Law and History Review. His current projects center on customary law, early property law, and community-based woodland management.
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Judd Kinzley
Judd Kinzley is an assistant professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department of History. His research and teaching interests that include environmental history, state power, industrial development, and wartime mobilization. His research tends to center around understanding the connections that exist between state power and the natural world in various Chinese peripheral and border regions. He is currently working on a manuscript on mining and the extension of the Chinese state into Xinjiang province in China’s far west during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While his intellectual home is in History, he has a strong multi-disciplinary interest in the ways in which human beings interact with the environment, and his work has been heavily influenced by work in political science, geography, economics, and the History of Science and Technology.
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Alexia Kulwiec
Alexia Kulwiec’s research and teaching focuses on federal and state labor and employment laws, and the processes whereby labor may address disparities and justice in the workplace. Her research includes laws applicable to agriculture and food systems and the potential development of improved agricultural business models; study of working conditions along the U.S. food chain; and the potential benefit of domestic fair trade principles in mid-sized agriculture. She examines the work environment of food and agricultural workers, as well as the impact of U.S. agricultural policy on the viability on small, sustainable farm operations.

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Maria Lepowsky
Maria Lepowsky specializes in cultural anthropology, anthropology of gender, historical anthropology, history of anthropology, environmental anthropology, exchange and ritual, medical/nutritional anthropology, psychological anthropology, Pacific Islands, California and the American West.
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Erika Marin-Spiotta
Erika Marin-Spiotta studies how human activities affect the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems. Most of her work focuses on linking above and belowground processes across different spatial scales, from the landscape to molecular interactions. She is particularly interested in the legacies of land-use history on biodiversity and carbon cycling and in feedbacks between land-use/land-cover change and climate change.
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Cathy Middlecamp
Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute and in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program, the interim director for education and research of the Office of Sustainability, and an affiliate of the Chemistry Department. Her interests lie at the intersection of science, people, and culture. One of her courses, "Principles of Environmental Science" (ENV ST/ILS 126) focuses on issues energy, food, and waste on campus and is part of the undergraduate sustainability certificate, launched in 2014. Nationally, Middlecamp is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS). She is the immediate past chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education and of the AAAS Section Q (Education).
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Gregg Mitman
Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies. His research and teaching interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice. He is currently at work on a multimedia project—a film, book, and public history website—that explores the history and legacy of a 1926 Harvard medical expedition to Liberia and the environmental and social consequences that follow in the expedition’s wake. Together with Sarita Siegel, he directed and produced In the Shadow of Ebola, a short film available online on PBS/Independent Lens that offers an intimate portrait of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Sarah Moore
Sarah Moore's research interests are at the intersection of urban development politics and environmental justice issues. She is particularly interested in the ways in which struggles over waste siting and food justice shape the contemporary development of cities in the United States and Mexico. Current projects include research on school gardens in Tucson, Arizona as well as the hazardous waste trade among North American countries. Her home department of geography is an important base for this work; community and environmental sociology, anthropology, planning, Latin American Studies, educational psychology and CHE are also programs with overlapping interests.
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John Nelson
John Nelson, PE, is adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at UW–Madison and Managing Director for Global Infrastructure Asset Management LLC, an asset management firm specializing in sustainable infrastructure investments. Previously, Nelson was CEO of Affiliated Engineers, and under his leadership, the engineering firm became nationally recognized for designing dynamic building systems & infrastructure for large and complicated projects. He serves on a number of boards, including the Nelson Institute (as an emeritus member), CASB in the School of Business, and the UW Foundation. His training includes an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UW–Madison.
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Larry Nesper
Larry Nesper is Professor of Anthropology and American Indian studies, and has been at UW-Madison since 2002. He is the author of The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights, University of Nebraska Press, 2002. He has worked as a consultant for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Bad River and Lac du Flambeau Tribe. Current research explores the development of tribal courts in Wisconsin and state court-tribal court relations. He teaches courses in American Indian ethnography and ethnohistory, Indians of the Western Great Lakes, anthropology of law, and American Indian social and political movements.
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Frederic Neyrat
Frederic Neyrat is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Mellon-Morgridge Professor of Planetary Humanities at UW-Madison (USA). He is editor of Alienocene and a member of the editorial board of the journal Lignes and Multitudes. He recently published The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation (Fordham, 2018), which received a French Voice Award in 2018.
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Mario Ortiz-Robles
Mario Ortiz-Robles' work is situated at the intersection of literature and theory, with an emphasis on the question of the "literary” and its historicity. He is currently working on a book-length project on the narrative treatment of the figure of the animal in fiction after Darwin as a way of tracking the status of the natural in late Victorian culture. Also in the pipeline is a comparative project that seeks to re-examine the notion of literary agency in a global context by foregrounding the role played by what Pierre Bourdieu called literature’s "consecrating agencies” (reviewers, publishers, academics, translators, etc.) in the legitimization of "world literature.”
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Anne Pringle
Anne Pringle was born in Malaysia and spent her childhood in Southeast Asia and West Africa. After becoming fascinated with plants as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, she taught high school science in Brooklyn, NY, and then completed a joint Ph.D in Botany and Genetics at Duke University, where she became obsessed with fungi. After completing a Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, she taught at Harvard University for nearly a decade, and then moved as an Associate Professor to the Departments of Botany and Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research explores the dispersal, establishment and evolution of fungal individuals, and she is increasingly focused on evolution in contexts of global change. Her teaching emphasizes an open discussion of complex and potentially controversial questions. Anne has won various research, mentoring, and teaching awards, including the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Harvard University), Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award (Harvard University) and Alexopoulos Prize for a Distinguished Early Career Mycologist (Mycological Society of America). Recently she was elected President of the Mycological Society of America.
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Adena Rissman
Adena Rissman is an associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Agroecology Program, the Land Tenure Center, the La Follette Institute for Public Affairs, and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. Her research investigates the relationships between society and environment, focusing on conservation, ecosystem management, and resource use. She examines forests, wildlife, rangelands, agriculture, and water resources both locally and nationally, through participatory research approaches. Her research centers around three themes: 1) natural resource policy design, implementation, and evaluation; 2) ecological outcomes of resource policy and conservation strategies; and 3) social and legal adaptation to environmental change.
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Morgan Robertson
Morgan Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography whose research has focused on critical analysis of market-based environmental policy and the science/policy interface in areas such as ecosystem services, wetland and habitat credit markets, and environmental assessment techniques. He has also written on value theory and on qualitative research methodologies such as Q-method and participant action research. His research is conducted in the US, the UK and Australia. Before arriving at the University of Wisconsin he was a headquarters staffer at the US Environmental Protection Agency for three years, and an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky for five years.
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Sissel Schroeder
Sissel Schroeder is a professor of archaeology and the department chair in the Department of Anthropology and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the American Indian Studies Program, and the Material Culture Studies Program. Her current research is focused on the role of ethnic diversity (as identified from distinctive archaeological materials, particularly architecture and ceramics) in the formation and dissolution of communities and polities in the ancient Mississippian (c. A.D. 1000-1500) societies of the midwestern and southeastern United States. Her multi-scalar approach to these issues draws on aspects of agency theory and environmentalism and highlights how the places where ancient people chose to settle reflect the changing constraints and opportunities presented by the spatial distribution of resources, potential for establishing gardens and agricultural fields, availability of habitable land, the peaceful or bellicose nature of relationships with other peoples living nearby, and perceptions and traditions about the landscape that may include the construction of earthen mounds.
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Amy Stambach
Amy Stambach is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Faculty Affiliate of the African Studies Program. Her current book project examines the history of land tenure and cultural politics on Mount Kilimanjaro. She has worked for many years in East Africa and has served as external commentator to UNESCO and the UN Institute of Statistics.
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Sainath Suryanarayanan
With a background in social insect biology and science & technology studies, Sai’s current scholarship sits at the juncture of environment, biology and society. Sai explores: (1) how interconnected dynamics of knowledge and power shape stakeholders’ understandings and responses to complex environmental problems such as the decline of honey bees; (2) synergies between plants’ biophysical resistance and peoples’ social resistance to the ecological and human health effects of genetically engineered crops in struggles for environmental justice in Latin America (with Kata Beilin, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese); (3) an alternative theoretical framework for understanding complex socio-ecological systems based on the concept of intractosoma, and (4) shifting ontologies of "the social” shaped by social insect models in the emerging field of sociogenomics.
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Sarah Thal
Sarah Thal is an associate professor in the Department of History. Her first book, Rearranging the Landscape of the Gods: The Politics of a Pilgrimage Site in Japan, 1573-1912 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), examined the transformation of a sacred site amidst political, economic, and religious upheaval. She maintains an interest in spatial and environmental approaches to Japanese history and continues to research Shinto, bushido, and other topics in the political, intellectual, and social history of Japan. She is affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Religious Studies Program.
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Matt Turner
Matt Turner is a member of the faculty of Geography, African Studies, Development Studies, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests concern the historic and contemporary relationships between changing social relations, rural livelihoods, social justice, and ecology. More specifically, his work in rural West Africa has addressed the following themes: labor scarcity, capital accumulation and overgrazing; drought, food insecurity, and gender relations; the politics of the environmental scientific knowledge; nonequilibrium ecology and common property theory; and social identities and natural resource conflict.
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Arne Alanen
Arne Alanan is an emeritus professor of landscape architecture whose primary interests are in landscape history and historic preservation. During his academic career he was heavily involved in documenting cultural landscapes for the National Park Service in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Alaska. He is co-editor of Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000); and author of Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town (2007). Another of his volumes, Main Street Ready-Made: The New Deal Community of Greendale, Wisconsin (1987), was republished by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2012 to mark the 75th anniversary of the settlement.

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Jess Gilbert
Jess Gilbert is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and was part of the Land Tenure Center. Current research projects include work with African-American farmers and landowners, and a study of policy intellectuals and grass-roots land-use planning during the New Deal. He recently published Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal (Yale Univ. Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Theodore Saloutos Award from the Agricultural History Society for the best book on U.S. agricultural history.

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Ken Raffa
Ken Raffa is emeritus professor of Entomology and Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation. He conducts research, teaches, and provides policy advice on forest insects. He is interested in how ecological systems function, developing methods for sustainable management of natural resources, and pest responses to anthropogenic changes.
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