Middlebury to welcome new international environmental policy professors

Middlebury to welcome new international environmental policy professors

March 16, 2011

By Clare Crosby, Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator

In the Fall of 2011, Middlebury will welcome two new professors specializing in international environmental policy. Catherine Ashcraft will join the Program in Environmental Studies, and Kemi Fuentes-George will join the Political Science department.

Ashcraft joins the Middlebury faculty after serving as a Visiting Instructor in the Government Department and Environmental Studies Program at Colby College and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She specializes in international environmental governance, negotiation and public dispute resolution, particularly water-related disputes. Her doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on adaptive governance in the Danube and Nile watersheds. In addition to teaching several of the Environmental Studies core courses, Ashcraft will be offering a new course during Fall 2011 entitled "Environmental Negotiation and Dispute Resolution."

Fuentes-George comes to Middlebury from the College of William and Mary, where he is currently a visiting instructor in the Department of Government, teaching classes including “International Environmental Politics” and “Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance.” His dissertation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, investigated the role that international communities of experts, or epistemic communities, play in environmental governance in the developing world. Specifically, his research took him to Jamaica, Mexico, and Egypt to study the influence of epistemic communities on biodiversity management projects. In Fall 2011, Fuentes-George will teach International Environmental Policy and other political science courses.

With more student interest than ever in global environmental challenges, these course offerings and areas of expertise will build upon and expand connections between two of Middlebury’s curricular strengths, environmental studies and international studies.