I study the ecological information contained in natural accumulations of bones (death assemblages). Through a multidisciplinary approach that brings together ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, paleobiology, and GIS, my research explores the ecological data contained in bone accumulations from the modern, sub-fossil, and fossil realms. Using fieldwork, quantitative analyses, and statistical modeling, I am refining our understanding of the biological data that is contained in bone accumulations and providing new tools for recovering those data from recent, historical, and fossil accumulations.
Faculty & Staff
David S Stradling
Zane L. Miller Professor of Urban History; Director of Environmental Studies, A&S History
David is the author of several books, including The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State (Cornell University Press, 2010), Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills (University of Washington Press, 2007), Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and, with Richard Stradling, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland (Cornell University Press, 2015). He is currently writing a global history of dredging.
David earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, after having earned a BA and MAT from Colgate University. Living in Clifton, he raised two daughters with his partner Jodie, and he commutes to campus on foot through Burnet Woods.
Susan E Allen
Associate Professor, Department Head, NAGPRA Director, A&S Anthropology
458 Braunstein Hall
Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Studies
Affiliate Faculty, European Studies
Dr. Allen's current research collaborations investigate the role of agriculture and climate change in the emergence of social inequality in the Aegean (Greece) and Balkans (Albania, Croatia), the transition to agriculture in southern Europe, and the historical and political ecology of Mediterranean wetlands. As part of her research projects on these themes, she also works with archaeobotanical materials to interrogate formation processes that affect assemblage composition and interpretive potential.
As Co-Director (with Ilir Gjipali, Institute of Archaeology, Tirana) of the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP), she is working toward publication of an edited monograph on their results from surface survey, coring, and excavation at the Early Neolithic site of Vashtëmi and survey and / or coring at several other Early Neolithic sites in the region.
In cooperation with China Shelton (ACOR), she conducts archeobotanical recovery and analysis for the Iklaina Archaeological Project, directed by Michael Cosmopoulos (UMSL), focused on excavation of the Mycenaean site of Iklaina in southwestern Greece.
In the lab, she has been collaborating with graduate student Martha Wendel (MA 2019) to complete analysis and publication of seed and charcoal remains from two sites in northern Albania excavated as part of the Projekti Arkeologjik i Shkodrës (PASH), directed by Michael Galaty (U. Michigan).
She was recently awarded funding from the University Research Council to facilitate her collaboration with the Cetina Valley Survey (CeVaS), directed by Helena Tomas (U. Zagreb). Her sub-project within CeVaS focuses on documentation of human-environment landscape dynamics in the valley.
Dr. Allen encourages potential graduate students, particularly those with interest in palaeoethnobotany, archaeobotany, ethnobotany, or environmental archaeology, to reach out to her directly.
Brooke E Crowley
Professor, Geology Graduate Director, Stable Isotope Ecology, Quaternary Paleoecology, A&S Geology
503 Geology-Physics Building
Diego F. Cuadros
Assistant Professor, A&S Geography
401C Braunstein Hall
Steve Paul Depoe
Professor - Adj Ann, A&S Communication Adjuncts
Professor, Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, A&S Geology
610 Geology-Physics Building
Muhammad U. Faruque
Inayat & Ishrat Malik Assistant Professor and Taft Center Fellow (AY 23-24), A&S Romance & Arabic Languages & Literat
728C Old Chemistry Building
While his past research has explored modern and premodern conceptions of selfhood and identity and their bearing on ethics, religion, and culture, his current project investigates whether or not Sufi philosophy and practice—as articulated in the School of Ibn ʿArabī—support and foster an active engagement toward the planet's well-being and an ecologically viable way of life and vision. He is also at work on a book on A.I. and the ethical challenges of information technology. He also has two forthcoming edited volumes entitled From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic (co-edited with M. Rustom) and A Cultural History of South Asian Literature, Volume 3: The Early Modern Age (1400-1700) (co-edited with S. Nair) respectively.
His interests and expertise encompass history and theory of subjectivity, environmental humanities, religion and climate change, cross-cultural philosophy, gender hermeneutics, Sufism, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, Islamic philosophy and ethics, history and philosophy of science, Islamic Psychology, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on Islam and social justice issues, climate change, mysticism, philosophy, as well as on selfhood and identity.
In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, travelling, cooking, photography, and watching movies. He also has a passion for classical Indian (raag) and Persian music, and for art, music, and poetry in general.
He is also affiliated with the departments of Philosophy, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, and the program in Religious Certificate.
Professor, A&S English
Research Assistant Professor, A&S Biological Sciences
422 QA Rieveschl Hall
Laura D. Jenkins
Professor and Graduate Director, Political Science, Faculty Affiliate WGSS and Asian Studies , A&S School of Public and International A
1114 Crosley Tower
Her book Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India (Penn Press 2019) won the Hubert Morken Best Book Prize from the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). A study of mass conversions to Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism and ongoing efforts to prevent conversions, Jenkins reveals how "religious freedom" arguments and laws have actually undermined the religious freedom of women, lower castes, and religious minorities.
Jenkins' book Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged (Routledge, 2003, 2009) examines competing demands for affirmative action on the basis of caste, religion, class, and gender and the ways the government identifies recipients through the courts, census, and official certificates. Her research as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in South Africa and India resulted in Affirmative Action Matters: Creating Opportunities for Students Around the World, co-edited with Michele S. Moses (Routledge 2014).
In her articles, she analyzes religious freedom and conversion, competing minorities’ claims for affirmative action, colonial and contemporary government anthropology, the role of social science in anti-discrimination law, reserved legislative seats for women, and the role of culture and the arts in sustainable development.
Jenkins' book chapters examine anti-Muslim political communication in the US and India, religious family laws, mass religious conversion as protest, comparative affirmative action, minority rights, historically Dalit colleges, anxious secularism, women and development, regulation of religion, and methodological diversity in political science.
In addition to two Fulbrights, Dr. Jenkins has received fellowships from the Dartmouth Humanities Center and the United States Institute of Peace.
Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.
Hubert Morken Best Book Award
APSA Religion and Politics Section
Affirmative action matters: Creating opportunities for students around the world. (with Michele S. Moses). New York: Routledge, 2014.
Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon 2003, reissued in paperback by Routledge 2009.
Lucinda P Lawson
Research Assistant Professor, A&S Biological Sciences
820F Rieveschl Hall
I teach in the introductory Environmental Science course series (EVST 1012) where we tackle the environmental challenges of our times.
Eduardo Joseph Martinez
Assistant Professor, A&S Philosophy
My research is in democratic theory and focuses on standards for evaluating institutions and practices within democracies, such as administrative agencies, civic education, representation, and political partisanship. For more on my research, please see my website: eduardojmartinez.com
Jack Michael Mewhirter
Assistant Professor, A&S School of Public and International A
His published and ongoing research focuses on two, distinct topics. His main area of research focuses on the study of complex governance systems (generally in the context of water governance): governance structures where decision making authority is delegated to multiple organizations that (often) collectively make policy decisions across a set of interdependent decision making venues (or “forums”). His research in this area generally attempts to answer two, related questions: 1) How do organizations build political influence across the system to better influence the forums in which they participate? 2) How does forum interdependence affect the policy decisions made in the related forums?
His second area of interest focuses on the evaluation of current policies of pressing public importance. Here, he utilizes a variety of quantitative techniques to assess the causal impact of public policies and tease out whether and to what extent they can be considered effective.
Autumn Leigh Miller
Associate Professor Educator, A&S Communication
Associate Professor , A&S Anthropology
4th Braunstein Hall
Selected Recent Publications
Daniel J. Murphy, Laurie Yung, Daniel R. Williams, Carina Wyborn, and Courtney Schultz (in press) “Understanding Perceptions of Climate Change Scenario Planning in US Resource Management Agencies” Society & Natural Resources
Daniel J. Murphy and Daniel R. Williams (2021). “Climate change adaptation and the challenge of collaborative place-making”. Changing Senses of Place: Navigating Global Challenges. Christopher Raymond et al, eds. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
Associate Professor, A&S Communication
Robert A Skipper
History and Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, A&S Philosophy
Skipper's main research focuses on the origins and development of evolutionary genetics. In particular, he works on problems about the structure of biological controversies, theory change, theory/model assessment, theory/model structure/interpretation, evolutionary dynamics, biological explanation, and epistemology of biological experiments.
In addition, Skipper has interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of food, and obesity science.
Associate Professor, A&S Chemistry
722 Rieveschl Hall
Yujie Sun (孙宇杰) received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in 2005. He then pursued graduate studies in inorganic photochemistry with Prof. Claudia Turro at The Ohio State University and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2010. Subsequently, he joined the group of Prof. Christopher J. Chang at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar, working on renewable energy catalysis. Yujie started his independent career as an assistant professor at Utah State University in 2013 and moved to the University of Cincinnati as an associate professor in 2018. His group is interested in developing and understanding inexpensive materials and complexes for energy catalysis and biomedical applications.
Eric J Tepe
Curator of the Herbarium , A&S Biological Sciences
703B Rieveschl Hall
Plant systematics, including taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, and diversification of “giant genera” – those with over 1000 species – including Piper (Piperaceae) and Solanum (Solanaceae). Evolution of ant-plant associations. Visit my webpage for more details. Click here for the CINC herbarium webpage.
Susanna T.Y. Tong
Professor, Director of 2+2 Program in Geography, A&S Geography and Environmental Studies, A&S Geography
400D Braunstein Hall
Associate Professor, Environmental Science, A&S Geology
605 Geology-Physics Building
Educator Professor, A&S Journalism
Jenny Wohlfarth has been a magazine journalist since 1993 and has taught at UC since 2000; she currently serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Magazine Track Coordinator. She is the faculty adviser for UC's online student magazine, Verge, and the UC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Before coming to UC full-time, Jenny worked for numerous award-winning national magazines; she is a former executive editor of I.D. (International Design) Magazine and a former managing editor of HOW Magazine. She has published articles in a wide variety of national consumer and trade magazines, covering art, architecture, animals/agriculture, business, conservation/environment, design, travel and urban/social issues. She is a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine and continues to write for several national magazines. She has co-presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching and the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, and has been honored with teaching and writing awards, including the 2012 David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, a national award given by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a juror for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism sponsored by SPJ and several national magazine journalism and graphic-design competitions, including contests managed by Writer’s Digest, HOW Magazine, The Thoroughbred Times and The American Horse Publications. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Assistant Professor, A&S Geology
520 Geology-Physics Building
Jeffrey L Brewer
Assistant Professor - Adjunct Ann, A&S Geography Adjuncts
400A Braunstein Hall
My current work focuses on the study of household-scale, sustainable water management practices in subtropical regions.
Roberta Marilyn Campbell
Teri A. Jacobs
Asst Professor/ Adj Ann/ Director of EVST Undergraduate Studies/ A&S Geography & Environmental Studies, A&S Geography Adjuncts
401G Braunstein Hall
Carolyn Kelley Patterson
Asst Professor - Visiting, A&S English
Sarah Janette Sturmer
Instructor - Adjunct Ann, A&S Environmental Studies
Leanna Marie Thomas
Sr Academic Advisor, A&S Advising
Leanna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2017. She has worked with college students for over 4 years in a variety of roles, from Learning Assistant and Peer Mentor to Orientation Leader. Most recently, Leanna worked as a Graduate Assistant with TRiO Student Support Services as Kent State University, where she developed a passion for providing academic guidance and support to college students. Leanna joined the Arts & Sciences Advising team in October of 2019, and she advises Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Math majors.
Leanna is originally from Leesburg, Virginia; she currently lives on the East Side of Cincinnati. When not meeting with students to help them pursue their goals, Leanna enjoys hiking, road trips, and meeting as many dogs as she can.