Participating Faculty


      Peter Alagona - Director






The following faculty are participating in the emphasis and can serve as outside members of dissertation committees. Other faculty will likely join the emphasis over time.

Gerardo Aldana, IEES Photo
  • Professor

Maya Hieroglyphic History, Mesoamerican Art, Experimental Archaeology, Culture Theory, and Indigeneity

Faculty in Chican@ Studies, Anthropology, and History Departments

  • (805) 893-5713
  • 1710 South Hall
Sarah Anderson, Associate Professor, Environmental Politics
  • Associate Professor

Political Structures and Dynamics, and Environmental Policy

Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

  • 805-893-5886
  • Fax: 805-893-7612
  • Bren Hall 4510
Diana Arya, PHD
  • Assistant Professor

Language and Literacies Across the Disciplines; Narrative Studies; International Education; Science Literacy; Discourse as Collaboration

Faculty in The Gevirtz School of Education 

Javiera Barandiarán, Assistant Professor, Member of Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Assistant Professor

Science Studies, Innovation and Environmental Politics, and Public Policy

Faculty in Global International Studies 

  • Professor

Sociocultural linguistics; language and identity; language and youth; language and race; language, gender, and sexuality; African American English; Chicano English and Spanish; language in California; discourse, cognition, and culture

Faculty in Linguistics.

  • Professor

Ecohydrological Dynamics, Isotope Ecohydrology, Coupled Natural-human Systems

Faculty in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Geography

Director of the Earth Research Institute at UCSB

  • 805-893-8446
  • Bren 4522
  • Associate Professor

Political Economy of Globalization, Human Trafficking, Immigrant Women

Faculty in Feminist Studies.

  • Professor

City and Regional Planning, Urban Studies, Global Green Economy, International Development, China, Social Movements and Organized Labor. 

Faculty in Global Studies.

Carla D'Antonio, Chair, IEES
  • Schuyler Professor

Plant and Ecosystem Ecology, Invasive Species, Species Affects on Ecosystem Processes, and Restoration Ecology.

Faculty in Environmental Studies and EEMB Departments 

  • (805) 893-2796
  • Bren Hall 4002
  • Assistant Professor

Energy systems and policy analysis; electricity sector planning, operations, and markets; geospatial analysis of energy resources; energy access in developing regions

  • Bren 4003
John Foran, Professor, IEES Picture
  • Professor

Climate Crisis, Global Climate Justice Movement, and Sustainable Development, and “Building Better Futures” 

Faculty in Sociology Department

Bishnupriya Ghosh IEES Picture
  • Professor

Global Media (Literatures, Cinemas, Popular Culture); Postcolonial Theory; Epidemic Media and South Asia Studies

Faculty in English Department

  • (805) 893-3478
  • South Hall 2607A
  • Assistant Professor

Environment and Society, Infrastructure and Adaptation, Climate Justice Studies

Faculty in Environmental Studies

  • Professor

American Politics, Environmental Politics, Political Organizations, Civic and Political Engagement, Politics of Social Policy, Political Behavior

Faculty in Political Science

Professor of Anthropology; Director, NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society; Group leader, NSF/EPA UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology & Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Professor

Medical and Psychological Anthropology, Risk and Perception, Social Production of Health and Environmental Inequality, and New Technologies and Society

Faculty in Anthropology Department

  • (805) 893-3350
  • HSSB 2074
EH Cook IEES Picture
  • Associate Professor

Early Modern Studies, Literature and the Environment, and Restoration & 18th Century Literature

Faculty in English Department

  • (805) 893-4622
  • South Hall 2503
  • Assistant Professor
Environmental economics, Ecological economics, Land systems science
Faculty in Environmental Studies
  • Professor

Literature, the Medieval Period, and Environmental Initiatives

Faculty in English Department 

  • (805) 893-7488
  • South Hall 2508
  • Affiliated Associate Professor of Anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropology (Environmental Anthropology, Ethnography, Land Change, Latin America, and the Brazilian Amazon)

Faculty in Anthropology Department

  • (805) 893-4244
  • HSSB 2073
  • HSSB 2075 (Lab)
Patricia (Trish) A. Holden, Ph.D. P.E., Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management Director, UCSB Natural Reserve System
  • Professor

Soil Microbiology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Microbiological Coastal Water Quality

Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

  • (805) 893-3195
  • Bren Hall 3508
  • Bren Hall 2318 (Lab)
  • Assistant Professor

Ocean Humanities, Literature and the Environment, Literature Theory, Media Theory and Literature and Technology

Faculty in English Department

  • 805-893-7489
  • South Hall 2704
Bruce Kendall, Professor – Applied Ecology
  • Professor
Quantitative Ecology, and Animal and Plant Population Dynamics
Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management 
  • (805) 893-7539
  • Bren Hall 4514
Heejung Kim, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Professor

Cultural Influences in Psychological Processes (Speech, Social Support, and Social Behaviors)

Faculty in Psychology and Brain Sciences Department

  • (805) 893-6180
  • Building 251, Room 3833
David Lea IEES Professor
  • Professor

Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography, Marine Geochemistry, and Global Climate Change

Faculty in Earth Science Department

ann-elise lewallen, Interim Graduate Program Chair, Assistant Professor, Co-Convenor of the American Indian and Indigenous Collective RFG, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Assistant Professor

Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, and Environment and Society

Faculy in East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies Department

David Lopez-carr, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Professor

Population (Migration, Fertility), Health, Environmental Change, Deforestation, Rural Development, and Latin America

Faculty in Geography Department

  • Assistant Professor

Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, Public Opinion, Methodology

Faculty in Political Science

David Pellow, Professor, Faculty Member
  • Program Chair
  • Dehlsen Professor

Environmental Justice Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social Change, and Social Movements

Faculty in Environmental Studies 

  • Bren Hall 4304
  • Assistant Professor

Visual and Material rhetorics, Environmental and Sustainability Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Technical Communication as Advocacy work, Cassical and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Animal Studies

Faculty in the Writing Program

Simone Pulver, Associate Professor, Director of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Associate Professor

Global Environmental Politics; Organizational Theory; Economic, Environmental and Development Sociology

Faculty in Environmental Studies

  • (805) 893-3396
  • Bren Hall 4001
  • Assistant Professor

Environmental politics, Waste, Urban Infrastructure, Racialization, Labor, Energy, Socialism/postsocialism, European Union, Bulgaria

Faculty in Anthropology

  • 805-893-2820
  • HSSB 2084
Josh Schimel, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Associate Dean of MLPS
  • Professor

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology, Microbial Ecology, and Organismal Ecology

Faculty in Environmental Studies and EEMB Departments

  • (805) 893-7688
  • Noble Hall 1108
  • Noble Hall 1245 (Lab)
David Sherman, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Professor

Social Psychology, Psychology of Self-Defense, and Perceived Intergroup Polarization

Faculty in Psychology and Brain Sciences Department

  • (805) 893-3149
  • Building 251, Room 3809
Tess Shewry, Affiliated Assistant Professor, PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Assistant Professor

Literature and the Environment, and Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Faculty in English Department

Eric RAN Smith, Affiliated Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Professor

Environmental Politics, Energy Issues, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, Congress, and Political Parties

Faculty in Political Science, affiliated with the Environmental Studies and Bren School of Environmental Management

  • (805) 893-6160
  • Ellison 3711
  • Assistant Professor

American Politics, Energy and Environmental Politics, Public Policy, Methodology

Faculty in Political Science

  • Professor

Documentary Film and Media, Film Historiography, Feminism and Film Theory, Trauma and Memory, and Media and the Environment

Faculty in Film and Media Studies

Casey Walsh, IEES
  • Affiliated Professor of Anthropology
  • IEES Affiliate

Sociocultural Antropology, Political Economy, Mexico-United States Borderlines, Water, Commodities, History and Materialism

Faculty in Anthropology Department

Director of Latin American and Iberian Studies

  • (805) 893-2339
  • HSSB 2081
Robert Wilkinson, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)
  • Emeritus Professor
  • IEES Affiliate

Environmental Policy, Water and Watershed Policy, Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Environment

Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

  • (805) 569-2590
  • Bren Hall 4011
  • Bren Hall 4426