Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies Program Faculty

Program Chair

Colleen Hitchcock
Colleen Hitchcock
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Chair, Environmental Studies Program
781-736-2634 Rabb Graduate Center, 353
Office Hours: Spring 2024: Thursdays 1:15 - 2:30pm and by appointment

Expertise: Community and citizen science, ecology, evolution and urban biodiversity and conservation.

Colleen Hitchcock's academic interests are focused on the role of citizen science in ecological inquiry and conservation biology, specifically relating to studies of biodiversity, conservation, phenology and climate change. She is a lead organizer for the City Nature Challenge in eastern Massachusetts and is also interested in both the application of community/citizen science research as a model for learning by students. Learn more about her work here.

  • To schedule a meeting with Professor Hitchcock, click here.

Environmental Studies Program Faculty

Charles Chester
Charles C. Chester (“Charlie”)
Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies
Rabb Graduate Center, 374
Office Hours: Spring 2024: Generally in office on Tuesdays 11:15am-3pm and Thursdays 9am-3pm. Available by appointment on Zoom

Expertise: International environmental policy, transborder conservation.

Charles Chester teaches global environmental politics at Brandeis. He is the board chair of Bat Conservation International, chair of the Yellowstone to Yukon Council and manages the website Earthweb.info.

Caren Irr
Caren Irr
Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Professor in the Humanities
Head of the Humanities Division (as of July 2023)
781-736-2143 Rabb Graduate Center, 142
Office Hours: Spring 2024: 3- 5pm by Zoom

Expertise: Theory, film and media studies, contemporaneity, environmental humanities, the novel

Name Pronunciation: Irr as in "irregular" or "irritable"

Prakash Kashwan Photo
Prakash Kashwan
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
781-736-3201 Rabb Graduate Center, 348
Office Hours: Spring 2024: TBA

Expertise: Environmental Justice, climate justice, global climate and geoengineering governance, international development, collective action on the Commons, and global conservation.

Prakash Kashwan’s research and teaching focuses on environmental and climate justice, climate governance, environmental policies and institutions, and the commons. He is the author of "Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania and Mexico" (Oxford University Press, 2017), editor of "Climate Justice in India" (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He advises international and multilateral agencies and welcomes research collaborations with graduate and undergraduate students.

To schedule office hours, please click this link, or email Professor Kashwan.

dan perlman, professor of biology and environmental studies
Dan Perlman
Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
781-736-2687 Rabb Graduate Center, 347
Office Hours: On Sabbatical Spring 2024

Expertise: Ecology, conservation biology and animal behavior. Pedagogical methods and innovations.

Dan Perlman's work in biology has ranged from studying colony-founding behaviors among tropical ants to helping regional conservation groups throughout the western United States set priorities for land and species protection. He also is interested in studying human learning. As founding director of the Brandeis Center for Teaching and Learning, Perlman worked with faculty to help them foster student learning. Perlman also developed a website, EcoLibrary.org, that freely distributes teaching materials developed for ecology and environmental studies.

sabine von mering
Sabine von Mering
Professor of German, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director of the Center for German and European Studies
781-736-3227 Schiffman Humanities Center, 209
Office Hours: Spring 2024: TBA

Expertise: German as a foreign language; climate change and the humanities; fairy tales; Jewish-German dialogue; German women writers; German cinema; Age of Goethe; German drama.

Sabine von Mering is currently working on the role of climate change as a challenge for the humanities. Her most recent scholarly work focused on right-wing extremism in Europe and the United States. As director of the Center for German and European Studies, she organizes lectures, conferences and cultural events in the interest of promoting transatlantic dialogue.

jerome tharaud
Jerome Tharaud
Associate Professor of English
781-736-2140 Rabb 138
Office Hours: Spring 2024: 11am-1pm n Rabb 138, or on Zoom

Expertise: Early American literature and culture, print culture and media, American religious history, art history and visual culture, theories of space and place, the American West

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Sally Warner
Sally Warner
Associate Professor of Climate Science
Undergraduate Advisor Head
781-736-8131 Rabb Graduate Center, 373
Office Hours: Spring 2024: Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm. Check Prof. Warner's calendar for availability

Expertise: Climate science, physical oceanography, turbulence and mixing, estuarine and coastal fluid dynamics.

Sally Warner is a physical oceanographer who studies how water moves and mixes in the ocean. She is particularly interested in connecting the small, fast motions of turbulence to decadal-scale, global processes like El Niño and climate change. She has spent many months living and working on oceanographic research vessels in places like the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. As an educator, she aims to teach climate science and oceanography in ways that highlight local case studies to motivate the underlying science.

Emeritus Faculty

Brian Donahue
Brian M. Donahue
Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies and American Studies (on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund)

Expertise: American environmental studies, New England farm and forest history, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, land conservation.

Brian Donahue taught courses on environmental issues, environmental history, sustainable farming and forestry, and early American culture. His primary research interests include the history and the prospects of human engagement with the land, especially in New England.

Affiliated Faculty Teaching Environmental Studies Courses

John W. Ballantine 
Senior Lecturer in the Brandeis International Business School

Elizabeth Bradfield
Associate Professor of the Practice of English and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program

Ford Fishman 
Lecturer in Environmental Studies 

Charles Golden
Professor of Anthropology

Charlotte Goudge
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Claudia Horn
Madeleine Haas Russell Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Crisis, Risks, and Responses

Pete Kalb
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Chair of Fine Arts

Thomas King
Associate Professor of English

Rachel Mckane
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Melissa Kosinski-Collins
Professor of Biology

Ravi Lakshmikanthan
Lecturer, GIS 

Matthew Liebman
Lecturer in Environmental Studies 

Nidhiya Menon
Professor of Economics

Kate Moran
Associate Professor of Philosophy

James Morris
Professor of Biology

Laurence Simon
Professor of International Development and Director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Sara Shostak
Professor of Sociology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy

Melissa Stimell
Professor of the Practice in Legal Studies

Flavio Sutti
Lecturer in Biology 

Rachel Theodorou
Senior Lecturer in Education and Assistant Director of Elementary Education