Faculty

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Environmental Psychology brings together faculty from diverse disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, architecture, and geography, to study the relationship of people and place. The faculty are accessible and work with students directly in seminars, through advising, and with ongoing research projects.

All Graduate Center faculty in Environmental Psychology hold their appointment in a Ph.D. program exclusively. That is, they have no duties in other masters or bachelors level programs. This is somewhat unusual. It is also true that our faculty has come from multiple disciplines to work together in this program. This is somewhat unusual. Further, our faculty see themselves in a variety of roles including scholar, researcher, professional practitioner, theoretician, and political activist. This is also somewhat unusual.

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Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill, PhD is an Associate Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute. Caitlin joined the Critical & Environmental Psychology faculty at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2011, and is now an affiliate faculty member. A community-based urban studies & youth studies scholar, for over fifteen years Caitlin has conducted participatory action research projects with …

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David Chapin

My interests in environmental psychology stem from my own dissatisfaction with conventional architectural practice, especially after having the experience of knowing my niece (who was born brain-damaged) and realizing how little my skills as an architect seemed useful or relevant to her needs as she underwent endless hours of physical therapy, day after day. I …

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Melissa Checker

Melissa Checker (PhD NYU, 2002) is a member of the Urban Studies Department at Queens College. Her research focuses on grassroots environmental justice activism, the politics of urban sustainability, and post-disaster recovery on Staten Island. She is the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press, 2005) …

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Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine served as chair of the Social/Personality Psychology Program during the 2008-2011 academic years. For the past 20 years, Dr. Fine has been engaged in varied critical participatory research projects, across diverse contexts including schools, communities and prisons, to document, interrupt and organize for just alternatives to injustice. The intellectual history of this work sits …

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Nicholas Freudenberg

Dr. Freudenberg is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter College and the Graduate Center and is director of the CUNY Doctor of Public Health program. For more than 20 years, he has worked with community organizations, civic groups and government agencies to develop, implement and evaluate interventions to improve the health of disadvantaged …

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 lgraham@jjay.cuny.edu

Leigh Graham

Leigh T. Graham, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Psychology as well as in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her research focuses on the contentious politics of urban redevelopment, especially after disasters and in periods of crisis, with particular emphasis on the roles of race, class, and …

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Roger Hart

Development of theory and research on children’s relationship to the physical environment; application of research to the planning and design of children’s environments and to environmental education; more broadly concerned with developing theory, research and programs which foster the greater participation of young people in articulating their perspectives and concerns as a way of better …

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Tarry Hum

Tarry Hum’s research areas focus broadly on immigration, community economic development, and urban planning. She has researched and published papers on the socioeconomic processes and outcomes of immigrant incorporation in urban labor markets, related issues of immigrant settlement and neighborhood change, and the consequences for urban inequality, race and ethnic relations, political representation, and community …

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Cindi Katz

Cindi Katz is Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work concerns social reproduction and the production of space, place and nature; children and the environment, and the consequences of global economic restructuring for everyday life. She has published widely on …

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Setha Low

Setha Low received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She started her career as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, City and Regional Planning, and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Low is currently Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies, and …

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jeff.maskovsky@qc.cuny.edu
718.997.5129

Jeff Maskovsky

Jeff Maskovsky is an anthropologist whose research and writing focus on urban poverty, grassroots activism and political economic change in the United States. His recent publications include the co-edited volume, New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States (NYU Press 2001), a co-edited special issue of the journal …

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718.951.5570

Michael Menser

Michael Menser first started teaching at Brooklyn College as an adjunct in 1995, became full time in 2003, and was tenured in 2009. He recently served on the BC Sustainability Council and the Provost’s Task Force on City-Based Sustainability Education. He advises Students for Global Justice club and is president of the Participatory Budgeting Project. …

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Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D., is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development (in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY). She is also Director of John Jay’s McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of …

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212.237.8002

Susan Opotow

Susan Opotow’s research focuses on injustice and investigates the socio-political/ psychological contexts in which the scope of justice — the extent of our justice concerns for others — widens or narrows. Dr. Opotow’s theoretical work on injustice is based on my empirical studies utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and historical methods to examine how, when, and why injustice directed …

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laxmi@hunter.cuny.edu
212.772.5517

Laxmi Ramasubramanian

Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian seeks to inform and transform planning practice in order to create a just and equitable society. Specifically her research examines how the use of digital technologies such as GIS can alter social and political processes, particularly the power of individuals and institutions to create and sustain social change. Dr. Ramasubramanian is an …

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 ssaegert@gc.cuny.edu
212.817.1886

Susan Saegert

Susan Saegert is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she has worked since receiving her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She was Director of the Center for Human Environments (CHE) and she was also the first director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society …

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Brett Stoudt

Brett Stoudt

Brett G. Stoudt, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department with a joint appointment in the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal justice as well as the Environmental Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate Center. He has worked on numerous participatory action research projects with community groups, lawyers, and policy-makers …

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Celina Su

Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, and a member of the Critical & Environmental Psychology Faculty. Her work focuses on how everyday citizens engage in and shape policy-making and community development—via deliberative democracy, community organizations, and protest and social movements. Her past work examined whether and how civil society organizations …

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rgilmore@gc.cuny.edu
212.817.8251

Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Affiliated)

Ruth Wilson Gilmore serves as a professor of geography in the doctoral program in earth and environmental sciences and as associate director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. Her wide-ranging research interests include revolution and reform, environments and movements, prisons, urban–rural continuities, and the African diaspora. From 2010 to 2011, she was president …

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wluttrell@gc.cuny.edu
212.817.8253

Wendy Luttrell (Affiliated)

Wendy Luttrell has recently been appointed Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, and comes to the Graduate Center from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she held the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Chair in Human Development and Education. She is a leading authority on how urban American schooling shapes and reinforces beliefs about …

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John Seley

John Seley’s research interests include planning, public policy, GIS, how urban policy is made and analyzed, and the theoretical, political, and societal frameworks for policy making and the tools which are employed to conduct policy analysis. 212.817.8723 jseley@gc.cuny.edu

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Joan Greenbaum (Emerita)

Joan Greenbaum is professor emerita at City University of New York. Greenbaum is active in her union, the Professional Staff Congress (AFT Local 2334) where she serves as co-coordinator of Environmental Health and Safety. Greenbaum has a doctorate in political economy and has worked in IT design, implementation and teaching for over 40 years. She …

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 212.817.8776

William Kornblum (Emeritus)

William Kornblum is a professor emeritus of sociology at the City University of New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Chicago and was among the nation’s first Peace Corps volunteers. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on the people of New York. A native New …

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Leanne Rivlin (Emerita)

Leanne Rivlin was an original founder of the Environmental Psychology Doctoral Program at the CUNY Graduate Center in the late 1960s. Her research interests include the psychological impact of becoming homeless, life of public spaces, everyday practices of community making; research ethics and to address the practical, political, and ethical concerns raised by environmental social science …

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Gary Winkel (Emeritus)

Gary Winkel is a Professor of Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York He received his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Washington with a minor in quantitative methods. After receiving his degree, he served as an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington and was involved in research on museum and exhibit design as well as a project concerned …

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