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

Gaboury Benoit

Grinstein Class of 1954 Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

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

Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director, Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY)

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 YSE/Anthropology Doctoral Program; Chair Council on Southeast A

Marlyse Duguid

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

Justin Farrell

Professor of Sociology

Gordon T. Geballe

Associate Dean for Student International Engagement, Lecturer in Urban Ecology

John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

Douglas Kysar

Joseph M Field '55 Professor of Law and Forestry & Environmental Studies

Stephen Latham

Senior Lecturer

William Lauenroth


Kristin Reynolds


Karen C. Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science

Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan

Professor of Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies

Dorceta Taylor

Senior Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Professor of Environmental Justice

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 Politics Yale University School of the Environment.
Chair, Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program.
Visiting and Consultin

Harvey Weiss

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