Transdisciplinary Areas of ExcellenceSustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities

Committee member bios

Shelley Dionne is an associate professor of organizational behavior in the School of Management. She serves as the associate director of the Center for Leadership Studies and associate editor for the Leadership Quarterly. Her research interests include leadership, team development, collective dynamics and levels of analysis issues.

Madhusudhan Govindaraju is an associate professor of computer science and the associate director of the Grid and Cloud Computing Research Lab at Binghamton University. His research interests include cloud computing, distributed data intensive computing, high-performance computing, Web services, semantic Web, component-based technologies, XML-based technologies and problem-solving environments.

Joseph Graney is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, director of the Environmental Studies Program and associate director of the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies. His current research focuses on tracing natural and anthropogenic geochemical processes to assess ecosystem impacts adjacent to Oil Sands production facilities in Alberta; assessments of energy resource development on Chesapeake Bay watersheds, and the impact of interstate and local roadway infrastructure on surface and groundwater resources.

Siobhan Hart is an assistant professor of anthropology. Her research interests include Native American history, indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and colonialism. She studies how these domains intersect in North America, using collaborative archaeology to support broader equity and social justice efforts. She is co-director of the Pocumtuck Fort Archaelogy and Stewardship Project in Deerfield, Mass., which examines Native American experiences of colonialism and cultural change.

Suk-Young Kang is an assistant professor of social work. His research focuses on depression and health status among Asian immigrant elders, healthcare service use among Asian Americans, family caregiving, and social justice issues of immigrants and refugees.

Adam Laats is an associate professor in both the Department of History and the Graduate School of Education. His current research interests include American educational history and twentieth-century American history with a focus in both religious history and the history of conservatism. He also studies the way that history is taught, ranging from the professional development of teachers to the connections between K-12 and university-level history education.

Hal Lewis is an associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering and the graduate director of systems science. His research interests include intelligent systems, fuzzy control and soft computing.

Florence Margai is a professor of geography and associate dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include geographies of health and health disparities, environmental health hazards, statistics/geo-data techniques, and environmental justices and equity. Her regional specialty is in Africa. Some of the recent research projects she has undertaken include studies of food security and childhood health in Africa and health disparities by race, ethnicity and class in the United States.

Pamela Mischen, chair, is an associate professor of public administration and chair of the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. Her current research interests include local government and nonprofit capacity building, inter-organizational networks in the public/nonprofit sector, knowledge management and applied community-based research. She is currently working on a project that examines the impact of local government capacity on natural gas drilling and building sustainable communities in Pennsylvania. She currently is an advisory board member and chair of the Planning Committee for the Broome County Youth Bureau.

Christopher Morgan-Knapp is an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Law program. His research interests include environmental ethics, normative ethics and value theory.

Florenz Plassmann is a professor and chair of the Department of Economics. His research interests include public economics and public choice, analyses of voting, statistics and econometrics, environmental economics and ethics. His current research projects include statistical analyses of the susceptibility of different voting methods to voting paradoxes and strategies, the development of mechanisms for the pricing of water during droughts, and the analysis of optimal Pigouvian taxes in small populations and under uncertainty.

Gale Spencer is a distinguished teaching professor in the Decker School of Nursing and is the Decker Endowed Chair in Community Health Nursing. Her research interests include community assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as interpersonal violence and teen risk behaviors.

David Sloan Wilson is a distinguished professor in the departments of biological sciences and of anthropology and director of the Evolutionary Studies program. His research interest is evolutionary biology, including natural selection as a hierarchical process, the nature of intraspecific variation, the evolution of ecological communities and human evolutionary biology. He also works with the Binghamton Neighborhood Project in community-based research.

Affiliated faculty and staff

Tania Alameda-Lawson, assistant professor of social work

Allison Alden, director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Josephine Allen, professor of social work

Lisa Blitz, assistant professor of social work

Mark Blumler, associate professor of geography

Cassandra Bransford, associate professor of social work

Chengbin Deng, assistant professor of geography

Vishal Gupta, assistant professor of management

Robert Holahan, assistant professor of environmental studies and political science

Thomas Kulp, assistant professor of geological sciences

Michael Lawson, assistant professor of human development

Tim Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences 

Sean Massey, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies

Andreas Pape, assistant professor of economics

Nick Plavac, instructor of bioengineering

Joshua Reno, assistant professor of anthropology

Susan Siebold-Simpson, assistant professor of nursing

Richard Shaker, assistant professor of geography

Nina Versaggi, associate professor of anthropology

Wei-Xing Zhu, associate professor of biological sciences

 

 

Last Updated: 6/23/14