Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Environmental Studies


The Environmental Studies faculty represents a wide range of disciplines on campus.

Faculty members are consistently engaged in research, service and activism, often conducting their work across diverse areas of study that include U.S. environmental history; conservation and development in Central America; the place of non-human animals in religious traditions; environmental chemistry; the impact of invasive species; and the role of conventional economic texts in promoting values that are harmful to the environment

Environmental Studies Scholars

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    Dr. Hobgood-Oster pondering the intricate relationship between humans and other animals.
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    Dr. Burks’ research includes a focus on aquatic ecology and invasion biology.

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    Interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability.
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    Dr. Taub’s environmental research in the effects that rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have on plant physiology, growth and chemistry.
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    Dr. Johnson’s environmental research in socionature-scape in Central Belize

Program Committee

Romi Burks, Laura Hobgood, Melissa Johnson, Joshua Long, Emily Northrup, John Ore, and M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine

Interdisciplinary Program

  • Professor of Biology
    (512) 863-1280
    Fondren-Jones 141
    Specialty: Aquatic ecology, wetland science, apple snails, invertebrate biology
  • Professor of Anthropology
    (512) 863-1406
    Mood-Bridwell 310
    Specialty: Topical: Nature, the non-human and the human; Race and Racism; Environment; Conservation; Development Social Theory; Environmental History; Tourism; Gender. Area: Belize; Caribbean; U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Central Texas
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
    (512) 863-1493
    Mood-Bridwell 115
    Specialty:  Urban Studies Environmental Politics and PolicySustainable Food and AgricultureSpatial Theory and Place-Based StudiesSustainability Discourses 
  • Instructor of Environmental Studies and GIS Lab Mgr
    (512) 863-1646
    Mood-Bridwell 121
    Specialty: GIScience, Geomorphology, Geomorphometry, LiDAR, Remote Sensing, Ecological Modeling, Hydrology, Water Resources, Sustainability Science, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development

Contributing Faculty

  • Associate Professor of German
    (512) 863-1739
    Olin 319
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
    (512) 863-1131
    Kyle E. White 103
    Specialty: Political Philosophy; Critical Theory
  • Professor of English
    (512) 863-1982
    Mood-Bridwell 209
    Specialty: Victorian literature and culture, the novel, film studies, feminist studies.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
    (512) 863-1130
    Mood-Bridwell 120
  • Assistant Professor of Economics
    (512) 863-1824
    Mood-Bridwell 336
  • Assistant Professor of History
    (512) 863-1428
    Mood-Bridwell 214
    Specialty: Geographic: Mexico, Latin AmericaThematic: Medicine, Public Health, and Science
  • Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1669
    Kyle E. White 105
    Specialty: Animals in the history of the Christian tradition; human-dog history; contemporary religious-ethical issues related to other-than-human animals; religion and ecology; environmental studies; Ecofeminism; human-animal studies.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History
    (512) 863-1574
    Mood-Bridwell 220
    Specialty: U.S. History, Labor and Politics in Modern America, Social Movements, Urban History, Policy History 
  • Professor of Feminist Studies
    (512) 863-1417
    Mood-Bridwell 314
    Specialty: Disability Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Activism
  • Professor of Education
    (512) 863-1948
    Mood-Bridwell 224
  • Associate Professor of Education
    (512) 863-1986
    Mood-Bridwell 245
    Specialty: My specialization is Teacher Education, with an emphasis on Secondary Education. I am certified at secondary school level in Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies and taught in a one room school in rural Alaska for a number of years, an experience which deeply informs my work with pre-service secondary teachers. My research interests focus on deploying tools for effective teacher learning, including Japanese Lesson Study, action research, and peer coaching. I also study the implications on educational practices of Gilles Deleuze, the French philosopher whose wide-ranging thought provides new views of the educational terrain.
  • Associate Professor of Religion
    (512) 863-1964
    Kyle E. White 111
    Specialty: I am a specialist in Native American religious studies, and am particularly interested in narrative/folklore, identity, and the active role of place in native religious activity.  I also teach courses on Sacred Space, Gender and Sexuality, Myth and Narrative, and other non-textual religious traditions.
  • Assistant Professor of Art History
    (512) 863-1057
    Fine Arts 238
    Specialty: East Asian Art History; Art and Archaeology of Early China
  • Professor of Chemistry
    (512) 863-1721
    Fondren-Jones 347
  • Professor of Economics
    (512) 863-1591
    Mood-Bridwell 341
  • Professor of Theatre
    (512) 863-1364
    Fine Arts 115
    Specialty: Resident Lighting/Sound Designer, Production Stage Management teacher/advisor and Director of Technical Operations
  • Associate Professor of French
    (512) 863-1597
    Olin 315
    Specialty: All levels of French language, literature and culture. French feminisms; poetry; novels; music; film; translation. Interdisciplinary coursework including through International Studies and the Paideia program.
  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    (512) 863-1061
    Olin 310
    Specialty: Rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist movements, third wave feminism, environmental rhetoric, Kenneth Burke.
  • Associate Professor of Chinese
    (512) 863-1598
    Olin 314
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
    (512) 863-1409
    Mood-Bridwell 309
    Specialty: Anthropology of religion, Mexican American spiritualities and indigenous heritage, gender and racialization, and Chicana feminisms. Geographic specialization: U.S. - Mexico Borderlands, Central and South Texas.
  • Professor of Kinesiology
    (512) 863-1210
    Mundy Hall 150
  • Director of General Chemistry Labs
    (512) 863-1973
    Fondren-Jones 354
    Specialty: Dr. Weigand's research is primarily focused on the chemistry of copper,cobalt and some of the main group elements. He has extensive experience in cement and concrete chemistry and the additives used in those products. Other experience includes reuse and recycling of waste materials and intellectual property issues.