"If anyone is going to study environment and community, Humboldt County is the place to be. There are so many examples of how the community and environment have met, clashed, and sometimes even resolved the complex issues facing them." Carrie Gergits, Program Graduate, 2003

Faculty

Mark Baker

Mark Baker Program Coordinator

Ph.D. 1994, Wildland Resource Science, UC Berkeley

Teaches courses in the Department of Government and Politics and the Geography Department. 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

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Phone: 826-3907
Website: http://www.humboldt.edu/politics/faculty_staff

Joice Chang

Joice Chang Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2011 & Ohio State University Moritz College of Law J.D., 2003

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
Office Hours: M 9-11AM & by appt.
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Phone: 707/826-3914

Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick Assistant Professor

Matthew Derrick, Ph.D. 2012, Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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: Founders Hall 133

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Phone: (707) 826-4976

Yvonne Everett

Yvonne Everett

Ph.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

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Phone: 826-4188
Website: http://www.humboldt.edu/environment/facstaff/everett.html

Kevin Fingerman

Kevin Fingerman Assistant Professor

Ph.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

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Phone: (707) 826-4148

Gregg Gold Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2000, Psychology, University of California, 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

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Phone: 826-3740
Website: http://www.humboldt.edu/psychology/fs/gold/gold.htm

Steven Hackett

Steven Hackett

Ph.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 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

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Phone: 826-3237
Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/hackett/

Nikola Hobbel Associate Professor

Ph.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

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Phone: 826-3161

Arne Jacobson

Arne Jacobson

Ph.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

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Phone: 826-3184
Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/arne/

Matt Johnsons

Matt Johnson

Ph.D. Ecology, Tulane University, 1999

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

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Phone: 826-3218
Website: http://humboldt.edu/wildlife/faculty/johnson/index.html

Erin Kelly Assistant Professor

PhD (2010) Oregon State University, Forest Social Science

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: 210 Forestry Building

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Phone: 707.826.4150
Website: http://humboldt.edu/fwr/faculty/detail/erin_kelly

Corey Lewis

Corey Lewis

Ph.D. English, 2003, Literature and Environment Program, University of Nevada Reno

Author of “Reading the Trail: Exploring the Literature and Natural History of the California Crest” Corey Lewis specializes in the interdisciplinary and field-based study of regional works of environmental literature. He currently teaches both environmental literature, nature writing and research writing in the English department and works on issues of re-localization and cultural change.

Office: FH 170

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Phone: 826-3228

John M. Meyer

John M. Meyer Professor

Ph.D. 1997, Political Science, 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

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Phone: 826-4497
Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/john.m.meyer

Dr. Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Oregon, Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy

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: Founders Hall 134

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Phone: (707) 826-3915

Laurie Richmond

Laurie Richmond Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2011, University of Minnesota, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

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

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Phone: 826-3202
Website: http://humboldt.edu/environment/faculty-and-staff/laurie-richmond

Marlon Sherman

Marlon Sherman

Oglala 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

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Phone: 826-3821
Website: http://www.humboldt.edu/nasp/

Tony Silvaggio Lecturer

Ph.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

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Phone: 707.826.3142

Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart Administrative Support Assistant

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/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

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Phone: 707-826-3653

Jessica Urban

Jessica Urban

Ph.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

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Phone: 826-4927

Betsy Watson

Betsy Watson

Ph.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.

Office: BSS 536

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Phone: 826-5421

Noah Zerbe

Noah Zerbe

Ph.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

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Phone: 826-3911
Website: http://users.humboldt.edu/nzerbe

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