Mark Baker, Program CoordinatorPh.D. 1994, Wildland Resource Science, UC Berkeley
Teaches courses in the departments of Politics, Geography, and Environmental Science. He is interested in enduring and emerging community-based natural resource management regimes, with a particular focus on equity, collective action, and political authority. He is the author of The Kuhls of Kangra: Community-Managed Irrigation in the Western Himalaya (University of Washington Press, 2005) and the co-author of Community Forestry in the United States: Learning from the Past, Crafting the Future (Island Press, 2003).
Office: FH 140
Renée ByrdPh.D. Feminist Studies, University of Washington in Seattle
Dr. Renée M. Byrd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University. Dr. Byrd received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mills College and her Ph.D in Feminist Studies from the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an outspoken prison activist scholar, whose research centers the intersection of race, gender, mass imprisonment and neoliberal political rationalities. Dr. Byrd has won numerous awards and fellowships including the Sociologists for Women in Society Chow Green Dissertation Scholarship, as well as the University of Washington’s graduate medal, which is awarded to doctoral students whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community. Her current book project is titled, “Punishment’s Twin”: Theorizing Prisoner Reentry for a Politics of Abolition. The project argues that prisoner reentry is deployed using a vocabulary, which mimics a critique of mass imprisonment, in order to expand the punishment system and render it more flexible, cost effective and legitimate.
Outside of academia, Renée has worked as a legal advocate for women prisoners with Justice Now in Oakland, a family advocate for youth in the Juvenile Justice System and on broader campaign work aimed at building a world without prisons. In collaboration with the Books Not Bars Project of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Dr. Byrd helped produce the human rights documentary System Failure: Violence Abuse and Neglect in the California Youth Authority, which is currently distributed by WitnessNYC. Central to her work is the goal of using research justice and filmmaking not just as methods, but as tools for building community and social movements. Dr. Byrd is also currently working on an experimental film about transformative justice and methods for addressing violence without relying on policing and prisons. Dr. Byrd works with MA students interested in exploring systems of oppression, state violence, women of color feminisms, post-structuralism, Foucault, biopolitics, and Law and society scholarship.
Office: BSSB 530
Joice ChangPh.D. 2011, Public Policy and Political Science, Indiana University; J.D. 2003, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
I received a joint Ph.D. in public policy and political science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at Humboldt State University in 2013, I was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as a research analyst with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. I hold a J.D from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
Broadly, my research focuses on law, policy, and the environment. My dissertation was on the impacts of environmental voluntary programs on facility compliance and regulatory behaviors. Most recently, I worked on projects that examined energy and environmental issues in Indiana, as well as best practices for different criminal justice program areas. My current research centers on environmental voluntary agreements and legal implications of various environmental and energy policies.
I have taught courses in law and policy, legal processes, statistics, and sustainability management. My teaching interests are primarily in the areas of law, policy, and research methods.
Office: FH 130
Matthew DerrickPh.D. 2012, Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene
Matthew Derrick is a political-cultural geographer with research interests in regionalism and place-based identity. His primary area of focus is Russia, where he examines issues of territoriality, nationalism, and religious identity, with a particular emphasis on the country’s Muslim-majority regions. He also nurtures research projects in southern Oregon and northern California, where he investigates regional and local strategies aiming to cope with the area’s decades-long transition from its traditional timber-based economy.
Office: FH 133
Yvonne EverettPh.D. 1993, Wildland Resource Science-Landscape Ecology, UC Berkeley
Teaches courses in natural resources policy and regulation, planning, and ecosystem analysis. Her research interests are in applied forest and landscape ecology, management of non-timber forest products, community forestry, land use planning and management, and participatory research and planning processes.
Office: NR 214
Kevin FingermanPh.D. 2011, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
Conducts interdisciplinary research examining the environmental and social impacts of energy technology and policy decisions. In particular, his work has focused on the interactions between energy technologies, water resources, and food production. This has led to collaborations with state and federal regulators, UN agencies, and private certification bodies, developing tools and policies to manage these impacts
Office: NR 221
Gregg GoldPh.D. 2000, Psychology, UC Los Angeles
Teaches social psychology, social influence and persuasion, and psychology of prejudice. His research focuses on social influence both theoretical and applied. He has been the chair of the North Group Sierra Club for the past 7 years. He is the author (or co-author) of numerous articles related to social influence, most recently An Examination of Emotional Empathy, Attributions of Stability, and the Link Between Perceived Remorse and Forgiveness, in Personality & Individual Differences (2011).
Office: BSS 426
Steven HackettPh.D. 1989, Economics, Texas A&M
Specializes in applied microeconomics, particularly environmental and natural resources economics and policy. He has over 35 publications including his book Environmental and Natural Resources Economics: Theory, Policy, and the Sustainable Society, third edition, 2006. His policy research on California’s Dungeness crab fishery (in collaboration with colleagues at HSU and at UC-Davis) received the 2005 gold award for best refereed journal article by the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. In recognition of his research into regional economic issues, and what former HSU President Rollin Richmond described as “the clarity and significance his work brings to global questions of environmental economics,” Hackett was selected as Humboldt State University’s Scholar of the Year for 2005.
Office: SH 206C
Sara HartPh.D. 2010, Religion & Literature, Boston University
Teaches courses in world religions, religion in America, religion and the environment, and religion in the arts. Her dissertation focused on the work of Don DeLillo, exploring how the language and moral commitments of the author’s Catholic background are used within a novelistic context to make meaning of a secular consumer environment. Research interests remain interdisciplinary, concentrating on how individual and community values undergird environmental care and the practices of consumerism, especially as expressed in works of literature, art, and popular culture.
Office: FH 158
Nikola HobbelPh.D. 2003, Critical Teacher Education/Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches courses in curriculum development and pedagogy in the English department. Her research interests include the nature and effects of neoliberal educational policies on marginalized populations, social justice pedagogies, and learning theories. She is the co-editor of Social Justice Pedagogy across the Curriculum: The Practice of Freedom (Routledge, 2010), and the author of “Standards Talk: Considering Discourse in Teacher Education Standards,” in Critical Pedagogy and Teacher Education in the Neoliberal Era: Small Openings (Springer, 2009).
Office: FH 172
Arne JacobsonPh.D. 2004, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
Specializes in international development, renewable energy, and the equity dimensions of energy access in a carbon limited world. His work is interdisciplinary, combining a social geography based approach to development studies with expertise in energy policy and renewable energy engineering. His current research is based in Kenya.
Office: HGH 116B
Matt JohnsonPh.D. 1999, Ecology, Tulane University
Studies relationships between wildlife conservation and human livelihood. Recent interests revolve around the integration of agriculture, food sovereignty, and biodiversity conservation. His work has also involved the interdisciplinary valuation of ecosystem services provisioned by wildlife.
Office: WFB 222
Erin KellyPh.D. 2010, Forest Social Science, Oregon State University
I am interested in evaluating whether forest policies are effective, and the many intended and unintended consequences of their implementation. Because forestry has long been intertwined with community well-being, much of my research has focused on how communities are affected by the forest sector and by the interactions among forest governance, tenure, and management. Research topics have included: community forestry; tenure arrangements on industrial and post-industrial forests; rural restructuring and rural development; individual and policy perspectives of forest management; and the history and politics of tribal land acquisition.
Office: FR 210
John M. MeyerPh.D. 1997, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches environmental politics and political theory. His research focuses on the relationship of environmentalist concerns to conceptions of politics, property, and rights. He is the author of the book Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought (MIT Press, 2001) and articles in both academic journals and political magazines.
Office: FH 138
Sarah RayPh.D., Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy, University of Oregon
Dr. Ray works on environmental justice theory, intersections of identity, power, and place, and the environmental humanities. She has published on disability, immigration, motherhood, transnational environmental justice, and teaching environmental justice literature. Her most recent book, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture, explores the ways in which the dominant US environmental movement, despite being progressive in many ways, often reinforces social hierarchies along lines of gender, class, race, and, particularly, bodily “ability.” She leads the Environmental Studies BA program at HSU.
Office: FH 134
Laurie RichmondPh.D. 2011, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
Teaches courses in human dimensions of natural resources, marine and coastal planning, and environmental impact assessment. My research focuses on developing collaborative relationships with natural resource-dependent communities to examine how they navigate both political and ecological changes in their resource systems. In particular, I have focused on marine and coastal issues and on indigenous and rural communities. Interests include: human dimensions of marine and coastal management; indigenous and community natural resource issues; fishing communities; coastal communities and climate change; politics of environmental knowledge; environmental justice; environmental geography and sense of place; narrative and story; governance of the commons; environmental conflict; interdisciplinary research approaches.
Office: NR 218
Marlon ShermanOglala Lakota, J.D. 1997, University of Colorado School of Law
Teaches in the Native American Studies Department, specializing in indigenous and tribal law, justice, peacemaking, governance, environment, resource use, culture, history and philosophy. His poems were awarded the 2003 First Book Award for Poetry by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.
Office: BSS 256
Tony SilvaggioPh.D. 2005, Sociology, University of Oregon
Teaches courses in environmental sociology, social movements, community organizing, globalization, green criminology, and research methods. His current research focuses on understanding the impact repressive legislation (such as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act) has on environmental NGOs and activist communities. He also is engaged in research on the environmental impact of the marijuana industrial complex. He has written on the topics of transnational resistance to neoliberalism (w/Dreiling 2009) and pricing environmental amenities (w/ Gwartney 2006). Tony sits in the Editorial Board of the Earth Liberation and Environmental Justice Book Series (Arissa), and is currently the Board President of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), a nonprofit that specializes in activist legal support and civil liberties education.
Office: BSS 532
When I joined the History/Politics/Environment & Community M.A. Program office in August 2009, it furthered a connection with HSU and Founders Hall that began when I came to HSU as a student to study English and geography. After I graduated in 2006, I worked as a copy editor at The Eureka Reporter until the newspaper folded, at which point I returned to HSU as a staff member. I feel very fortunate to be working in a university environment and especially in the History/Politics/International Studies/Environment & Community office. Personally, I love books, sports (I was a member of the HSU women’s basketball team as a student), and cooking.
Office: FH 180
Jessica UrbanPh.D. 2004, Political Science, Northern Arizona University
Teaches in the Women’s Studies Program and for the Multicultural Queer Studies Minor. Her research and other interests vary widely, but are grounded in an interrogation of interlocking systems of power, privilege and oppression as well as a commitment to exploring and growing coalitional strategies for environmental, reproductive, and social justice. Some of her writings include Nation, Immigration and Environmental Security (forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan); “Interrogating Privilege/Challenging the ‘Greening of Hate’” (forthcoming) International Feminist Journal of Politics; “Bordering on the Absurd: National, Civilizational and Environmental Security Discourses on Immigration,” in the forthcoming edited book by Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo and Carmen Lugo-Lugo entitled A New Kind of Containment: “The War on Terror,” Sexuality and Race, and “Constructing Blame: ‘Overpopulation,’ Environmental Security, and International Relations,” WID Publication Series #273, Michigan State University, 2001.
Office: BSS 250
Betsy Watson, Faculty EmeritusPh.D. 1986, Sociology, Rutgers
Betsy is Director of the Institute for Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Center for Resolution of Environmental Disputes at HSU and has mediated timber harvest plans, land use conflicts, and water disputes.
Noah ZerbePh.D. 2003, Political Science, York University, Toronto
Teaches international and comparative environmental policy and food politics. His research focuses on the social, political and environmental consequences of agricultural biotechnology. He is the author of Agricultural Biotechnology Reconsidered: Western Narratives, African Alternatives (Africa World Press, 2004), and numerous articles on environmental governance.
Office: FH 139