Strategic Committee

  • Bethany Wiggin

    Bethany Wiggin

    Founding Faculty Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

    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.

  • Portrait of Melissa Brown Goodall looking into the camera with head tilted slightly and a soft smile

    Melissa Brown Goodall

    Senior Director, Environmental Innovations Initiative

    Melissa is dedicated to advancing the role of higher education institutions in addressing our most pressing environmental challenges: biodiversity, climate change, and societal resilience.  

  • Brenda Casper

    Brenda Casper

    Professor of Biology and Department Chair

    Dr. Casper's research in plant ecology lab is wide-ranging, with recent projects focusing, broadly, on the responses of plants and soil microbes to various stresses: including climate change, soil contaminants, and the inhospitable environment of coastal sand dunes.  They work at the level of individuals, populations, and communities.
  • James English

    James English

    John Welsh Centennial Professor of English and Faculty Director, Price Lab for Digital Humanities

  • Mia Fox looks exhuberantly to the camera. On her head she is wearing a blue gray cap and headlamp and in her hands she holds a small owl, who is also looking to the camera.

    Mia Fox

    Master's candidate in Environmental Studies

    Mia Fox is a Master's candidate in Environmental Studies at Penn focusing on

  • Barri J Gold looks into the camera smiling, with her chin in hand. She has short light brown hair and glasses, and is sitting in front of a bookcase.

    Barri J. Gold

    Professor of Practice, English

    Inaugural Senior Fellow, Environmental Innovations Initiative

    Barri Gold is a scholar of 19th-century British literature and science with a special focus on nascent energy concepts, the laws of thermodynamics, and the novel. 

  • Marie Gottschalk

    Marie Gottschalk

    Professor, Political Science

    Professor Gottschalk specializes in American politics, with a focus on criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations.

  • Vyshnavi Kosigishroff

    Vyshnavi Kosigishroff

    College of Arts and Sciences

    PPEH Climate Finance Intern Alum

    Vyshnavi Kosigi Shroff is a senior studying Environmental Studies and Economics.

  • 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.
  • Rahul Mukherjee looks to the camera. He is wearing sunglasses and is standing in front of a long row of very tall palm trees on a sunny day.

    Rahul Mukherjee

    Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies

    Rahul Mukherjee is Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Televisi

  • Pooja Nayak in sweater and scarf standing under a tree

    Pooja Nayak

    PPEH Dissertation Completion Fellow

    Grad Fellow Alum
    Pooja Nayak is a Ph.D. candidate in South Asia Studies and Anthropology at Penn, with interests in how environments are made, the social worlds of science and technology practitioners, nature writing in Kannada, and public scholarship.