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GEP Faculty

Program Director

  1. Simon Nicholson, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Simon Nicholson is the director of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service and Assistant Professor of International Relations. His work focuses on global environmental governance, global food politics, and… More

    Send email to Simon Nicholson

    (202) 885-1614

Core Faculty

  1. Ken Conca, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Ken Conca’s research and teaching focus on global environmental governance, environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies, environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system, water governance, and environmental policy analysis. He… More

    Send email to Ken Conca

    (202) 885-6391

  2. Adam Diamond, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Adam Diamond holds a PhD in geography from Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests revolve around the intersection of food systems, sustainability, and political economy. Prior to coming to SIS, he worked for the United States Departm… More

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    (202) 885-6226

  3. T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches global environmental and agricultural policy and politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and postcolonial studies in current research on agricultural biodiversity conservation, ag… More

    Send email to T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

    (202) 885-6269

  4. Victoria Kiechel, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Victoria Kiechel, AIA and LEED AP O+M, ID+C, is a practicing architect and native Washingtonian. It’s no wonder that her courses in AU’s Global Environmental Politics Program always include a real-world, local project in sustainable design. When not … More

    Send email to Victoria Kiechel

    (202) 885-6817

  5. Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr Ranganathan is a critical geographer with a special interest in postcolonial cities. Her scholarship is concerned broadly with the political economy of the urban environment and sits at the intersection of human and urban geography, cultural anthr… More

    Send email to Malini Ranganathan

    (202) 885-6901

  6. Lucia Seybert, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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  7. Judith Shapiro, Director - Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Judith Shapiro is on the faculty of the Global Environmental Politics program and directs the Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) with University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of China's Environmental … More

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    (202) 885-1629

  8. Paul Wapner, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Paul Wapner’s research focuses on global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational environmental activism, and environmental ethics. He is particularly concerned with understanding how societies can live through this hist… More

    Send email to Paul Wapner

    (202) 885-1647

Affiliate Faculty

  1. Evan Berry, Associate Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Evan Berry is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research examines the intersections among religion, globalization, and climate change, … More

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    (202) 885-2493

  2. Claire Brunel, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Professor Brunel’s research focuses on issues at the intersection of environmental economics and international trade. She is particularly interested in providing empirical evidence of the links between environmental policies and international competi… More

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    (202) 885-1667

  3. Larry Engel, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for Best Cinematography and the Mountain Spir… More

    Send email to Larry Engel

    (202) 885-2688

  4. Laura Field, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Laura K. Field is a political theorist in the School of International Service. She works on questions of character, identity, and ethics, and has a particular interest in the thought of Rousseau and Nietzsche. She has published articles in The Review… More

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    (202) 885-1694

  5. Scott Freeman, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Scott Freeman is an environmental anthropologist who works extensively in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is currently concerned with the bureaucracies of international aid projects, and how bureaucratic and financial procedures in inte… More

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    (202) 885-6685

Adjunct Faculty

  1. Kristen Hite, Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Kristen Hite works at the intersection of forests, climate change, and human rights. In recent years, she has undertaken work for philanthropic, indigenous, intergovernmental and nonprofit organizations such as the Climate and Land Use Alliance, Unit… More

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  2. S. Scherr, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Scholar in Residence

  1. William Burns, Scholar in Residence

    Dr. Wil Burns is Co-Director of the Washington Climate Geoengineering Consortium, a scholarly initiative of American University, and a Scholar in Residence in the School of International Service at American. He previously served as the Associate Dire… More

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Associate Faculty

  1. Robin Broad, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established the International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmenta… More

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    (202) 885-1478

  2. Albert Cheh, Professor

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Albert Cheh received a BA in Chemistry from Columbia and a PhD in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the biochemistry of enzymatic digestion of biomass to produce cellulosic ethanol biofuel. He recently supervised two NIH postdocs… More

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    (202) 885-1772

  3. David Hunter, Professor

    WCL-Intl Legal Studies

    Send email to David Hunter

    (202) 274-4415

  4. Kiho Kim, Professor

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Dr. Kim is a marine ecologist specializing in tropical coral reefs. His research focuses on understanding the role of diseases in marine ecosystems and the synergistic effects of environmental factors, such as nutrient pollution and climate change, i… More

    Send email to Kiho Kim

    (202) 885-2181

  5. Stephen MacAvoy, Associate Professor

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, I've been particularly interested in areas where marine and freshwater systems interface such as those that appear in tidal aquatic environments. I'm also interested in how nutrients flow through and are utiliz… More

    Send email to Stephen MacAvoy

    (202) 885-3003