Cremers, Thea

Continuing Lecturer

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Dr. Matthea Cremers interests focus on gender and the environment. She is a lecturer for the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Cremers’ approach to teaching is truly interdisciplinary and, in every course, integrates elements of race, class, gender, and sustainability.  She is presently a lecturer in both Environmental Studies and Anthropology (including cross- listed courses) and has taught courses in Women’s Studies and Sociology. She also coordinates a year-long training program for Environmental Studies teaching assistants.

Connecting the university with the local community, she works as an internship coordinator and volunteer at the South Coast Railroad Museum at Goleta Depot. As a community activist, she was part of the successful effort to preserve the Ellwood Mesa and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve (and continues to be an active member of the advisory committee of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara Country). She prides herself in using her bicycle as a major source of transportation.  In her free time, she is a basket maker especially exploring the use of natural materials available in the local environment.


Gender and the Environment, Anthropology, Tourism, Environmental Justice and Human Environmental Rights


Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara