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Featured Alumna: Janet Fiskio

Janet Fiskio received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy in 2009 with English as her focal department. She is now an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. Oberlin’s Environmental Studies program was among the first in the U.S. and has a long history of valuing the humanities. She teaches on such themes as environmental justice, ethics and equity in climate change, and sustainable agriculture.

“I love what I do: reading, thinking, talking, teaching, writing,” says Janet. “Focusing in Environmental Studies is a good bridge for me between academics and activism. I believe that teaching is a force for social change, and I have faith in my students’ abilities to make a difference.”

Janet’s new position ties in well with her interests and accomplishments while at the UO. She completed her dissertation Nature, Knowledge, Justice in the summer of 2009. Her dissertation argues for the epistemological value of literature for the field of environmental studies. While a Ph.D. student, Janet received the Donald and Darrel Stein Award for teaching, a CSWS/CoDaC summer research award, an Oregon Humanities Center Fellowship, and the Luvaas and Risa Palm Fellowships. She also taught classes in Environmental Studies, English, and Composition, and served one year as Assistant Director of the Composition Program.

Before enrolling at the University of Oregon Janet completed two terms with AmeriCorp’s program “Communities in Partnership to Stop Violence against Women and Children” as a community educator. She has also worked at Sexual Assault Support Services to coordinate education programs and has taught self-defense for women and girls. Janet earned a B.A. from Earlham College, a M.Div. from the Earlham School of Religion, and an M.A. from the University of Oregon in Environmental Studies.