2005 Campus Ecology Fellow
Sarah Lawrence College, New York
Project: Emma organized town hall forums to discuss the local effects of energy practices and global warming, engaged campus and community members from the Hudson River corridor and emphasized social and environmental justice. Sarah Lawrence continues its dedication to sustainability through the College’s Sustainability Committee.
What she is doing now: My tortoise, Chloe, and I live in central Pennsylvania, where we are currently exploring every nook and muching our way through a glorious harvest season. I am beginning my second year as a dual-degree PhD student in the Departments of Geography and Women's Studies at Penn State. In addition to studying, I have multiple teaching roles: instructing undergraduates through the Geography Department and horseback riders through the local Pony Clubs. As co-Director of the Guerrera Project and as a research associate with the Foundation for Post Conflict Development, I have recently been working in East Timor on the experiences of female veterans of the Timorese Resistance Movement. For my dissertation, I will be working with maize farming households in central Mexico and studying the ways in which they produce and maintain agrobiodiversity.
Emma on her Fellowship: The NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship gave me one of my first opportunities to take a formal leadership role in political debates about environmental issues that I was studying in school. It was a formative moment in applying my passions for research and activism in service of a lifelong dedication to the health of social and ecological justice.