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Global Environment

Core Faculty:  Paul Wapner (chair), Ken Conca, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Malini Ranganathan

Courses required for the PhD concentration:  

  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics
  • One of the following SIS-620 Core Competence courses:
    • Political Ecology of Food & Agriculture
    • Water Governance
    • Global Climate Change
    • Urban Political Ecology
  • One of the following Big Ideas courses:
    • SIS-620 The Future of Environmentalism
    • SIS-620 Transitioning to Post-Carbon Energy
    • SIS-619 Environmental Peacebuilding
  • Click here for field comprehensive exam reading list


Contact the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or