Meet Our Faculty

Peter Cannavò, Associate Professor of Government

A.B., Harvard University; M.P.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: environmental political theory, republican political thought, environmental politics, land use politics, political geography and climate change

Carolyn Barrett Dash, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

B.A., Kenyon College; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of expertise: ecosystem and disturbance ecology, climate change and paleoecology

Heather Merrill, Professor of Africana Studies

B.A., New York University; M.A., Teachers College Columbia University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: critical human geography; race, place, and belonging in Italy, Black Europe, and the U.S.; gender and intersectionality; African Diasporic politics and identity in Italy; Blackness and anti-blackness

Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies

B. Arch., Syracuse University; M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: race and the built environment, digital humanities, spatial humanities, heritage preservation, urban history, South Africa and Southern Africa, truth and reconciliation in post-conflict countries and diaspora studies

William Pfitsch, Associate Professor of Biology

B.A., Oberlin College; M.S., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise: the biology, ecology, physiological ecology and physiology of plants; community, ecosystem and invasive plant ecologies; habitat restoration; tropical and alpine ecologies; and biology teaching

Alexandra Plakias '02, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise: metaethics, moral psychology and ethics

Frank Sciacca, Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Associate Professor of German & Russian Languages & Literatures

B.A., Columbia College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of expertise: Russian language, 20th-century Russian literature and art, Russian Orthodox Church, Russian and Ukrainian folklore and folk culture, food politics and culture

P. Gary Wyckoff, Professor of Government

B.A., Macalester College; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise: health, education and welfare policy, evidence in public-policy decisions, empirical studies of happiness and well-being, the application of quantitative analysis to decision-making

Contact Information

Environmental Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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