Core Team

  • Rachel Cypher looks into the camera smiling. Her hair is long, straight, and light colored.

    Rachel Antoinette Cypher

    PPEH Postdoctoral Fellow

    Rachel Antoinette Cypher's current research interests engage with ongoing questions of how the environment makes us who we are, and how we make the environment. Putting gender, race, and class at the center of her inquiries, she also experiments with new forms of storytelling and ways of knowing the world.
  • Mia D'Avanza, portrait

    Mia D'Avanza

    Program Coordinator

    Mia D'Avanza is a Program Coordinator who joined in November 2020. She brings her expertise in libraries and museum exhibitions to her work at PPEH, managing projects, creating and maintaining the digital archives, and editing the Field Notes blog.
  • Angela Faranda

    Angela Faranda

    Program Coordinator, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

    Angela Faranda is a Program Coordinator, who began with PPEH in March 2020. With a background in education and nonprofit operations, she is happy to provide administrative and communications support to this dynamic group. 
  • Kristina Lyons sits outside in front of grass and trees.

    Kristina Lyons

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Humanities

    Kristina Lyons joined the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities as Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

  • Jane Robbins Mize black and white headshot

    Jane Robbins Mize

    Public Pedagogies Teaching Fellow

    Jane Robbins Mize is a writer, teacher, and literary scholar in Philadelphia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies late nineteenth- and twentieth-century North American literature and material culture.
  • Bethany Wiggin

    Bethany Wiggin

    Founding Faculty Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

    Associate Professor of German Languages and Literature

    Bethany Wiggin joined the faculty at Penn in 2003 and is an Associate Professor of German and affiliated faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of English.