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Completed Doctoral Dissertations

Since its inception in 1997, the doctoral program in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy has enrolled twenty students. The first nine students to complete the program, with focal departments of English, Geography, Philosophy, and Psychology are listed below. To learn about the interests of our current doctoral students, visit the list of current Ph.D. students. More information about our alumni is also available through our alumni database.

Ezra Markowitz (Summer 2012)  Affective and moral roots of environmental stewardship:  The role of obligation, gratitude and compassion

Focal Department:  Psychology

Committee Co-Chairs:  Sara Hodges, Psychology; Azim Shariff, Psychology

Committee Members:
Ronald Mitchell, Political Science
Kari Norgaard, Sociology
Paul Slovic, Psychology


Shangrila Joshi Wynn (Summer 2011)  Justice, Development, and India’s Claim to Environmental Space: A Postcolonial Political Ecology of the Atmospheric Commons
Focal Department:  Geography

Committee Chair:  Shaul Cohen, Geography

Committee Members:
Alexander Murphy, Geography
Peter Walker, Geography
Ted Toadvine, Philosophy
Anita Weiss, International Studies


Janet Fiskio (Summer 2009) Nature, Knowledge, Justice:  The Epistemology of Literary Form in Hurston, Ortiz, and Nabhan
Focal Department: English

Committee Chair: Louise Westling, English

Committee Members:
Alan Dickman, Biology/ENVS
Paul Peppis, English
Scott Pratt, Philosophy
William Rossi, English


Sarah Jaquette Ray (Summer 2009)  The Ecological Other: Indians, Invalids, and Immigrants in U.S. Environmental Thought and Literature
Focal Department: English

Committee Chair: Shari Huhndorf, English

Committee Members:
Susan W. Hardwick, Geography
Juanita Sundberg, Geography, University of British Columbia
Louise Westling, English/ENVS
David Vázquez, English


Michael Hughes (Fall 2008)  Channel Change of the Upper Umatilla River During and Between Flood Periods:  Variability and Ecological Implications
Focal Department:  Geography

Committee Chair:  Patricia McDowell, Geography

Committee Members:
W. Andrew Marcus, Geography
Patrick Bartlein, Geography
Joshua Roering, Geological Sciences/ENVS


Chaone Mallory (Fall 2006) ‘Subject to the Laws of Nature’: Ecofeminism, Representation, and the Nature of Political Subjectivity
Focal Department: Philosophy

Committee Chair: John Lysaker, Philosophy

Committee Members:
Julie Novkov, Political Science
Scott Pratt, Philosophy
Bonnie Mann, Philosophy
Suzanne Clark, English


Stacy Rosenberg (Summer 2005) Watershed Restoration in Western Oregon: Landowners, Watershed Groups, and Community Dynamics
Focal Department: Geography

Committee Chair: Peter Walker, Geography

Committee Members:
Patricia McDowell, Geography
Alexander Murphy, Geography
Richard Margerum, Planning, Public Policy & Management
Charles Hudson, Sociology


Patrick Hurley (Spring 2004) Whose Vision? The Political Ecology of Land-Use Policy in Nevada County, California
Focal Department: Geography

Committee Co-Chairs: Susan Hardwick, Geography; Peter Walker, Geography

Committee Members:
Richard York, Sociology
Lise Nelson, Geography
David Hulse, Landscape Architecture


Tony Leiserowitz (Fall 2003) Global Warming in the American Mind: The Roles of Affect, Imagery, and Worldviews in Risk Perception, Policy Preferences, and Behavior
Focal Department: Geography

Committee Chair: Shaul Cohen, Geography

Committee Members:
Alexander Murphy, Geography
Peter Walker, Geography
Paul Slovic, Psychology
Mark Johnson, Philosophy