Representing a diversity of academic disciplines across Duke University, the following cohort of 12 Climate Change Faculty Fellows (CCFFs) will work together with lead instructors Emily Bernhardt and Norman Wirzba to shape the inaugural class of UNIV102.
Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor History, African & African-American Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, is interested in the Black Freedom Struggle in the modern United States–with a particular focus on their multi-faceted understandings of justice and harm, resilience and transcendence.
Alexander Glass, Senior Lecturer in Geology and Climate Earth and Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, is trained as a professional paleontologist (marine invertebrates) and geologist (sedimentology and stratigraphy), but most of his time and passion is focused on how to teach climate change and biological evolution within the culture of controversy that dominates US public dialogue surrounding these fields of science.
Deborah Reisinger, Associate Professor of the Practice of French and Director of the Language Outreach Initiative, is currently exploring how language, culture, and identity influence national policies and practices, from refugee resettlement to global health interventions.
Jennifer Lawson, Clinical Associate in Pediatrics at Duke General Pediatric and Adolescent Health and Faculty Associate at the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, is a general pediatrician whose transdisciplinary orientation leads her to engage in activities related to the intersections of climate change and health, medical humanities, diversity, equity and belonging, and physician well-being.
Jie Liu, George B. Geller Professor of Chemistry, is interested in the development of catalytic processes for energy conversion and energy storage.
Kathleen Donohue, Professor of Biology, is interested in the genetic and epigenetic basis of plant adaptations to variable environments.
Nick Carnes, Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, is a political scientist in the Sanford School who focuses on domestic climate politics in the US with an emphasis on understanding how to create opportunities for bipartisan action on climate mitigation.
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor of English, teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries, contemporary narratives of science and medicine, science fiction literature and film, law and literature, and environmental studies. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science and medicine.
Rick Larrick, Hanes Corporation Foundation Professor, Professor of Management and Organizations, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Fuqua School of Business, is a social psychologist who studies the psychology of decision making, including biases in decision making and ways to help people make better decisions. Two of his main areas of focus are on environmental decisions and on the wisdom of crowds.
Ryan Emanuel, Associate Professor of Hydrology, studies water and water-related aspects of environmental justice and Indigenous rights.
Saskia Cornes, Assistant Professor of the Practice at Franklin Humanities Institute and Program Director of Duke Campus Farm, works at the intersection of environmental humanities and sustainable agriculture, with interests in embodied knowledge, experiential pedagogies, food studies, and early modern literature.
Steven Sexton, Mark and Lynne Florian Assistant Professor of Public Policy, focuses his research on energy industry organization and energy policy, as well as environmental and transportation policy, particularly as they pertain to carbon emissions reductions.