Strategic Committee

  • 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.


    Etienne Benson

    Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science; Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences

    2017-2018 PPEH Topic Director: How Did We Get Here?

    Etienne Benson is a historian of the environmental sciences, environmentalism, and human-animal relationships in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • 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

  • Kristina Lyons sits outside in front of grass and trees.

    Kristina Lyons

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Humanities

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

  • Pooja Nayak in sweater and scarf standing under a tree

    Pooja Nayak

    Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

    PPEH Dissertation Fellow
    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.
  • Andrew Niess

    Andrew Niess

    Mellon Dissertation Fellow, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

    I am an audio-visual researcher based in Philadelphia. Impelled by the urgency of contemporary ecological crises, I make research that highlights their disorienting exigencies.

  • Adriana Petryna

    Adriana Petryna

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Anthropology

    I am dedicated to research and teaching in anthropological theory and methods, the social studies of science and technology, globalization and health, and medical anthropology.


    Paul Saint-Amour

    Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities & Professor of English

    Paul Saint-Amour works on Victorian and modernist literature and has special interests in the novel, law, trauma, visual culture, and sound studies. After receiving his B.A.

  • Paul Sniegowski

    Paul Sniegowski

    Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

    Professor of Biology

    As dean of the College, Sniegowski has responsibility for undergraduate curricula, programs and students in all departments and nondepartmental programs in Penn Arts & Sciences.