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Tom O'Dowd Executive Administrator of Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) todowd [at] bard.edu (845) 752-4852 (office)
Michèle D. Dominy Director and Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) Professor of Anthropology mdominy [at] bard.edu (845) 758-7870 (office)
Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) Program Bard College PO Box 5000 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Core Faculty and EUS Advisors
(teach at least one EUS course per year)
Michèle D. Dominy
EUS Program Director Anthropology Office: HEG 301 Phone: 845-758-7870 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org VIEW MORE >>
Professor of Anthropology
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Anthropology, Environmental and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global and International Studies
Academic Expertise: Anthropology
Area of Specialization: Social and cultural anthropology
Biography: A.B. (honors), Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University. Awards and fellowships: Cornell University and Center for International Studies; National Science Foundation; United States/New Zealand Council; Wenner-Gren Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; Cultural Heritage Conservation Research Centre at the University of Canberra; Bard Research Fund. Field research in New Zealand and Australia. Author, Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand’s High Country (2001); and articles and reviews in Signs, New Zealand Women’s Studies Journal, Pacific Studies, Anthropology Today, Gender and Society, Pacific Affairs, Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Forest and Conservation History, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Forum, Cultural Anthropology, Man, Landscape Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Political Ecology, Ecumene, The Contemporary Pacific, and edited volumes and proceedings. Guest coeditor of special issue of Anthropological Forum on “Critical Ethnography in the Pacific.” Served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist and on the boards of the American Conference of Academic Deans and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Past editor, Pacific Monograph Series, University of Pennsylvania Press. Honorary life member of the American Anthropological Association; Fellow of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Royal Anthropological Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Society for Applied Anthropology. Evaluator, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. At Bard since 1981.
Research Interests: attachment to place; mountain and range lands; settler descendent populations; New Zealand and Australia; national parks and protected areas
Teaching Interests: anthropology of place; ethnography of communication; anthropology of religion; interpretive anthropology; cultural identity and the nation state
Other Interests: anthropology and literature; anthropology and exploration; empire and ecology
B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago. Specialization: U.S. social and cultural history, with emphasis on urban and African American history. Fellowships: Danforth-Compton, Josephine de Karman, University of Chicago Trustees, and New York State African-American Research Institute. Frederick Douglass Award, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Sullivan County, New York, chapter). Author of Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America (2012); Mighty Change, Tall Within: Black Identity in the Hudson Valley (2003); "Lord, Please Don't Take Me in August": African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs (1999). Speaker in the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities (2003–11). Member, New York Academy of History (since 2006). NEH Fellow/Schomburg Center Scholar-in-Residence (2014–15). At Bard since 1985.
Interests: Research: urban history, African-American history, public history, African-American and American church history
Teaching: urban history, African-American history, public history, 19th and early 20th century U.S. social and cultural history
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies Academic Program Affiliation(s): Biology, Environmental and Urban Studies
Professor Eli Dueker joined Bard in 2014 as the Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies. With a B.A. from Rhodes College, an M.A., M.Phil.,and Ph.D., from Columbia University, he completed his postdoctoral research at Queens College, City University of New York, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Additionally, he studied at Columbia University’s Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology postbaccalaureate program. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Hudson River Foundation, Janet Holden Adams Fund, and the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program among others. His work has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, Biogeosciences, and Science of the Total Environment. Before entering academia, he worked for 14 years in the nonprofit world, including 10 years as an organizational development consultant addressing issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in institutional structures, serving as the former director of Project Underground, an international environmental and human rights organization, and as a board member of Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a transgender law collective in NYC. He is the founder and Interim Leadership Team member of the Saw Kill Watershed Community, which protects the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historic resources through hands-on science, education, and advocacy. His teaching interests include water quality, air quality, oceanography, urban ecology, environmental microbiology, and the role of science in addressing environmental justice issues.
B.A., Haifa University, Israel; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Specializes in oceanography, climatology, geophysics. Senior Fellow, Center for Environmental Science and Argonne National Laboratory (2002–07); principal investigator, Center for Integrating Statistical and Environmental Science, University of Chicago (2001–03); assistant scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1998–99). Assistant professor, University of Chicago (1999–07). Author, Geophysical Data Analysis (Princeton University Press, 2008). Faculty, Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College. At Bard since 2008.
Research Interests: climate dynamics; climate variability; climate change; agricultural environmental science; simple population models
Teaching Interests: data analysis; global/regional/local climate change; agricultural environmental efficiency and metrics thereof
Eshel, G., A. Shepon, T. Makov, and R. Milo, 2014. Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2014 111 (33) 11996-12001; published ahead of print July 21, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1402183111.
Eshel, G., A. Shepon, T. Israeli and R. Milo, 2012: Partitioning United States Feed production. Environmental Costs among Livestock Categories, Environmental Science & Technology, submitted.
Collins, K. and Eshel, G., 2012: Greenhouse gas inventory of Hudson Valley organic tomato production, J. Sust. Ag., submitted.
Eshel, G., 2010: A Geophysical Foundation for Alternative Farm Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, 44(10), 3651-3655 (the issue’s Cover Feature Article, highlighted in a perspective piece by Chief Editor Gentleman’s commentary entitled Verdant Models).
Eshel, G., P. A. Martin and E. E. Bowen, 2010: Land Use and Reactive Nitrogen Discharge: Eﬀects of Dietary Choices, Earth Interactions, 14, paper 21, 1-15.
Eshel, G. and P. A. Martin, 2009: Geophysics and nutritional science: Toward a novel, uniﬁed, paradigm. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 1710S-1716S.
Felicia Keesing is a biologist who studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. Much of her recent work focuses on how species diversity influences the probability that humans and other animals will be exposed to infectious diseases. In addition, she has worked in Kenya for 15 years studying how the disappearance of elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other large mammals influences the way African savannas function. Keesing has published over 50 research articles and book chapters, and has received grant support from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. In 2000, she received a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Clinton. She serves on the national steering committee for the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education conferences sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Education B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Temple University
Teaching Fields Ecological Economics, Geoclassical Economics, Urban Economics, Micro- and Macroeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics, History of Economic Thought
Research Interests Environmental and natural resource economics, ecological economocs, geoclassical economic, economics of food and agriculture, economic thought, distribution and economic justice, economic anthropology, economic theory of property, public sector economics, economics of taxes and subsidies, public choice.
Selected Papers and Publications
“Clark: Apostle of Two-factor Economics,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Supplement, Vol. 62, no. 5 (November 2003), pp. 353–93
“Henry George on Property Rights: Reply to John Pullen,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 60, no. 2 (April 2001), pp. 565–79
Sociology Office: Tel.: 845-758-6822 E-mail: email@example.com VIEW MORE >>
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental and Urban Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Environmental and Urban Studies, Sociology
Biography: B.A., Drew University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University. Areas of specialization: political sociology, urban studies, environmental sociology, globalization and development, qualitative methods, inequality, Brazil, and natural resource management. Author or coauthor of The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life; “Accessing Scarce Resources in the Brazilian Amazon,” in Latin American Research Review (forthcoming); “Disavowing Politics: Civic Engagement in an Era of Political Skepticism,” in American Journal of Sociology; and “Co-Designing and Co-Teaching Graduate Qualitative Methods: An Innovative Ethnographic Workshop Model,” in Teaching Sociology. Conference presentations—on subjects ranging from contested development and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam to inequality in American civic life—before such organizations as the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, England. Has previously taught at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; and Brown University. Has also served as special lecturer at Providence College and as consultant and mentor at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, Rhode Island. At Bard since 2014.
Historical Studies (Director) Associate Professor of Jewish History; Director, Jewish Studies
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University. Awarded fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies (1997–98); Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); National Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2002); Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2004); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2007): YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (2014). Has lectured at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Harvard University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania University of Vilnius. Author of YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Articles published in The Yivo Encyclopedia of the Jews in Eastern Europe; S. Ansky at the Turn of the Century; The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies; Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now. Visiting assistant professor of Jewish history/Jewish studies, Georgetown University (2000– ). At Bard since 2003.
AB, Hamilton College, with year abroad at University of Paris; MA, University of Cincinnati; PhD, Albany University
Archaeological projects at Bard, with students as technicians, average once a year as cultural resource investigations, a part of the College’s environmental impact assessment in advance of its major ground disturbances for buildings, pavings, etc. Lindner designs exhibits about this work, such as the ‘Gardener’s Lodge’ panel on Blithewood Avenue, ‘Bardaeology’ in the upstairs Hegeman hallway, and rotating displays at the Library. The Bard Lands have become the most archaeologically known terrain in this region of New York. They figure prominently in a 2011 chapter by Lindner in The Environmental History of the Hudson Valley, a book published by State University of New York press. A result of his long-term study for the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation is the panel Archaeology of Fishing along the Estuary on the Greenway Trail at the edge of Tivoli South Bay. It is also curated as an online exhibit on the website: inside.bard.edu/archaeology. Its poster, developed in conjunction with the Mohican studies group of the Native American Institute affiliated with the New York State Museum, is used in the local schools, with curricula Lindner designed with teachers to foster stewardship of archaeological sites. Lindner’s fall lab science course ‘Field Methods in Environmental Archaeology’ provides Bard students experience in Cultural Resource Management [CRM], the field in which most current practitioners work. His spring humanities course ‘Historical Archaeology’ has its focus on adaptations in the Bard area over the last three centuries, particularly in regard to the first substantial German American settlement on this continent. Its results are the present center frame of the website above. A collaborative project with the Germantown history department and library has stimulated community awareness, with the result of local grant-funded summer field schools in historical archaeology and multiple exhibits to display discoveries. A similar project with the Black History Committee of the Dutchess County Historical Society has explored Guineatown in Hyde Park, an African American community around 200 years ago. A summary of its findings will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming book Race in the Northeast: Archaeological Studies of Racialization, Identity, and Memory to be published by the Society for Historical Archaeology. Lindner served as president of the New York Archaeological Council, the state’s professional organization that mediates the practice of CRM within the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act. He led the local site preservation NGO, Hudson River Heritage, in its long-term effort to protect against inappropriate development near the waterfront for 16 miles with Bard at its center. He has worked as consultant for local citizen groups; municipalities, such as the towns of Rhinebeck and Pine Plains; and the National Park Service at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park.
Bruce Robertson is a conservation ecologist. His research focuses on questions that address important conservation issues, but that also provide fundamental insights into ecological theory. Broadly speaking, he investigates the direct and indirect impacts of human activities on biodiversity, species persistence and species interactions with special emphasis on how rapidly changing environments may disrupt evolved relationships and trigger maladaptation. He is especially interested in cases in which novel environments trigger animals to actually prefer to make inappropriate, detrimental and often dangerous decisions. These scenarios are known as evolutionary traps. Traps are an emerging conservation problem that can contribute population declines in species of concern. He collaborates extensively on a variety of projects including a study of the impact of new forms of pollution (polarized light pollution) on aquatic insects, and research investigating how to grow next generation bioenergy crops that facilitate the conservation of biodiversity. Trained as an ornithologist, Bruce increasingly uses arthropods, mammals and plants as study organisms.
Susan Fox Rogers is the author of My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir (Cornell University Press). In this work she explores the Hudson River from the perspective of her kayak, and weaves in the natural and built history of this region, as well as the story of her family. This book grew out of the EUS course she teaches “Reading and Writing the Hudson.” All of her writing has to do with place, and the natural world. She is the editor of twelve book anthologies including Solo: On Her Own Adventure (Seal Press), Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild (Seal Press), and Alaska Passages: 20 Voices from Above the 54th Parallel (Sasquatch Books). She compiled Antarctica: Life on the Ice (Traveler’s Tales) while on a National Science Foundation grant for writers in Antarctica. She has taught at Bard College since 2001, teaching First Year Seminar, a range of creative nonfiction workshops, and a nature writing class.
B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Yale University. Awards include Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Grant (1998–99); Wenner-Gren Foundation Predoctoral Research Grant (1998–99). Author, Drifting Rhinos and Fluid Properties: The Turn to Wildlife Production in Zimbabwe (Journal of Agrarian Change); coeditor, Zimbabwe: The Politics of Crisis and the Crisis of Politics. Teaching experience at Georgetown University (2001–02), Yale University, Quinnipiac University. At Bard since 2003.
M.S. Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan (Behavior, Education, & Communication). B.S. Environmental Studies cum laude, University of Vermont (Environmental Education, Environmental Anthropology, and Community & International Development).
Tom O'Dowd is the program coordinator for Environmental and Urban Studies. Tom oversees EUS communications (website, facebook, newsletter, events), advises students (requirements, internships, careers, writing), and teaches the EUS Practicum (community development and environmental education). He has a background in teaching about the environment, training interns, and developing education programs. His specialties are environmental education, environmental psychology, natural history, and environmental stewardship. If you want to get involved with EUS, whether through environmental activities (eel monitoring, canoe program, environmental education) or urban activities (urban planning, social justice, design), contact Tom!
Affiliated and Visiting Faculty
Affiliated Faculty (teach at least one EUS course per year)