People, Equity, and the Environment

Our Vision

The purpose of this specialization is to give today's professional environmental managers a range of theoretical, conceptual, and methodological skills necessary for understanding how to critique, improve and implement models of environmental management that address historically engrained challenges. For these reasons, this specialization expands beyond ahistorical and technical training by focusing students on historical processes, power dynamics and changing societal values.


Amity Doolittle
Amity Doolittle
Amity Doolittle’s research focuses on property rights and how control over and access to natural resources is defined, negotiated, and contested by different stakeholders.  She is interested in understanding the social and political processes that result in centuries of social inequities and unequal distribution of the benefits and burdens of natural resources.  Her research often takes on a historical approach focusing on issues of legal and cultural pluralism. Her research approach is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from anthropology, political science, environmental history, and political ecology to explore environmental histories, property relations and conflicts over resources use. Her research has been primarily in Southeast Asia, but she has also worked on projects in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. Current research is focused on history of land use change in New Haven, Connecticut.

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Mark S. Ashton

Senior Associate Dean of the Forest School; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests

Mark Bradford

Professor, Soils and Ecosystem Ecology

Carol Carpenter

Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in Natural Resource Social Science and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology

Susan G. Clark

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

Liza Comita

Associate Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

Amity Doolittle

Senior Lecturer

Michael R. Dove

Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology; Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology Peabody Museum; Co-Coordinator, Joint F&ES/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast

Marlyse Duguid

Thomas G Siccama Lecturer
Associate Research Scientist
Director of Research—Yale Forests

Justin Farrell

Associate Professor of Sociology

Gordon T. Geballe

Associate Dean for Student International Engagement, Lecturer in Urban Ecology

Bradford S. Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice; Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy; Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment

John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

William Lauenroth

Professor in the Practice

Kristin Reynolds


Gerald Torres

Professor of Environmental Justice

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

John P. Wargo

Tweedy-Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Political Science at Yale University.
Chair, Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program.
Visiting and Consulting Professor at

Harvey Weiss

Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies