Faculty A-M


Julian Agyeman Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Agyeman is both an ecologist/biogeographer and environmental social scientist. His science and social science background help frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. His more than 150 publications include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, reports, book reviews, newspaper articles and Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. Additionally, Professor Agyeman is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.
Linda Abriola Dean, School of Engineering
Dr. Abriola’s research involves the integration of mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments to understand and predict the fate and transport of contaminants and to develop methodologies for subsurface remediation and characterization. Active in many professional societies, she is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Lynne Batchelder Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Batchelder teaches Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry and Introductory Chemistry courses and is also involved in the Tufts Chemistry Outreach Program. Her past research foci include the development of solid state magnetic resonance techniques combined with stable isotope (2H, 13C and 15N) labeling to study a range of systems – from hydrogen bonded networks in organic solids to protein dynamics of collagen.
Amahl Bishara Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Professor Bishara research focuses on borders, water, and the environment; journalism as knowledge production; the Middle East; and ethnography of place. She is also a faculty advisor for WSSS.
Steven Block Professor, The Fletcher School
Professor Block’s research interests include agricultural development, economic growth, and political economy. He is also interested in development economics, particularly in regards to food and agricultural policy.
Rachel Bratt Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Bratt’s research is focused on housing needs of low-income households. She is particularly interested in the role of public housing and nonprofit community-based organizations in supplying decent, affordable housing. In addition, Professor Bratt has authored Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy and is co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Housing as well as A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda. Her most recent research includes: an analysis of the initiatives in five states, including Massachusetts, to overcome local exclusionary zoning; studies on homeownership and the mortgage crisis in the United States; and a study of how the “Quadruple Bottom Line is impacting the action soy community-based nonprofit organizations.
Natalie Cápiro Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Cápiro researches environmental biotechnology and bioremediation applications, the fate and transport of persistent organic groundwater contaminants, and the development and testing of innovative in situ remediation technologies. In addition, she is a faculty advisor for the Water: Systems, Science and Society program.
     Sean Cash Associate Professor, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Professor Cash is an economist and Associate Professor in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Friedman School.  His research interests include consumer interest in environmental aspects of food, invasive species management in food trade, and tradeoffs between various goals in food regulation.  He also conducts research in dietary behavior and policy.
Wayne Chudyk Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Chudyk is interested in ground water monitoring and water treatment (of both drinking water and wastewater). He is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science and Society program.
  Ujjayant Chakravorty Professor, Economics
Professor Chakravorty has studied the economics of fossil fuels, clean energy, and water resources, as well as the effect of environmental regulation on energy prices. Current research interests include modeling the supply of nuclear power and the effect of biofuel mandates on food prices and poverty. In addition, Professor Chakravorty is an advisor for the Environmental Studies Program at Tufts, and a Fellow at the Toulouse School of Economics and CESifo. His research has been published in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and he co-edited the book “India and Global Climate Change.” Professor Chakravorty is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Resource and Energy Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies and past associate editor of Water Resources Research.
Mary Davis Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Dr. Davis is an economist by training, and her research is broadly focused on environmental health issues, including air pollution, occupational health, children’s health, and biostatistics. Dr. Davis is also interested in the link between the economy and changes in environmental exposures, and has recently been working on a project in Haiti to improve working conditions in factories there. Dr. Davis is currently the chair of a National Academy of Sciences research panel investigating the effect of noise on children’s learning outcomes, and has testified on multiple occasions at state legislative panels as an advocate for pro-children’s health legislation. She teaches a graduate-level environmental health course in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning each fall, and is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.
Julie Dobrow Director, Communications and Media Studies Program
Julie Dobrow’s research centers on media effects on children, issues of gender and ethnicity in media, and on the intersection of history and communication studies. She is currently working on a dual mother/daughter biography of 19th century writers/editors/environmental advocates Mabel Loomis Todd and Millicent Todd Bingham and how they used the media of their day to promote social causes and their own careers.
John Durant Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Durant studies the chemical exchange between surface waters and aquatic sediments; transport and transformation of pollutants in wetland systems; watershed-scale chemical fate and transport processes; watershed management for parasite control; and particulate airborne pollution measurement. He is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary Water: Systems Science and Society program.

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Leila Fawaz Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese & Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Department of History at The Fletcher School
Professor Fawaz’s research interests include the social and political history of the modern Middle East, including the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. She has published many books, such as An Occasion for War: Ethnic Conflict in Mount Lebanon and Damascus in 1860 (1994); and Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (1983).
Nina Fefferman Co-Director, The Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID)

Professor Fefferman applies mathematical and computational models to biological systems, in order to better understand the effects of animal behavior, ecology and infectious disease epidemiology on one another.
Maria Flytzani Graduate Program Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos’ research uses principles of heterogeneous catalysis to solve problems in the production of clean and sustainable energy, and green chemicals. Aimed at designing catalysts that “do more with less”, research at the Nanocatalysis and Energy Laboratory, under her direction, focuses on the understanding of the atomic-scale interaction of metal-metal and metal-oxide supports. New practical catalysts that maximize the yield of desired products while using only trace amounts of precious metals are the desired outcome of this research. In 2009, she was named the inaugural Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering.
  Patrick Forber Associate Professor, Philosophy
My research aims to identify and evaluate the standards of evidence in science. While scientists generally know good evidence when they see it, articulating the evaluative standards is a more difficult task, one that benefits from a philosophical perspective.  Hence I ask classic questions about what makes good evidence good, and how we should compare different sources of evidential support.  I do not, however, pursue the classic answers to these questions.  The classic approach to evidence in philosophy of science, confirmation theory, fails to make sufficient contact with scientific practice.  I seek to bridge the gap between confirmation theory and science by engaging the technical details of science and drawing upon recent history of science to provide more informative normative standards.  I work primarily with evolutionary biology, especially molecular evolution, and I carry out my research program in my core articles by articulating different facets of the nature of evidence and confirmation in evolutionary biology, and disentangling evolutionary process from the patterns of descent.
Kelly Gallagher Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School
Kelly Sims Gallagher is Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, and Director of the Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program in the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally.
Ekaterina Gnedenko Faculty Member, Department of Economics
Professor Gnedenko’s primary research interests are in the areas of environmental, urban, and public economics, with the focus on optimal land use, open space preservation, optimization and non-market valuation methods. She has won the Grant of the President of the Russian Federation and is engaged in the project on the development of the set of economic instruments to manage land resources in Russia. She has also studied the economics of drinking water quality issues in Russia, and serves as a faculty advisor for WSSS.
Timothy Griffin Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Professor Griffin’s primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Additional current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture, impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems, and development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales. Professor Griffin is also active in the Water: Systems, Science and Society program as a Steering Committee member.
David Gute Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Gute studies the intersection of public health and engineering. Current projects include the identification and control of occupational health risks among immigrant populations in Somerville, Mass. and the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana. Additionally, Professor Kenny is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary Water: Systems Science and Society program.
Justin Hollander Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Hollander studies role of planning and public policy in managing land use and environmental changes associated with economic decline and shrinking cities. He is also interested in the intersection between technology and planning using virtual, Internet-based communities as laboratories.
Richard Hooper Visiting Scholar, Water: Systems, Science and Society Program
Dr. Hooper is a visiting scholar for the WSSS program at Tufts and serves as President and Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of the Hydrological Sciences (CUAHSI). There, his research interests are in advancing water informatics to make data more accessible to the water research community. He was previously a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey where his research interests were in hillslope hydrology, streamflow generation mechanisms and biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems.
Shafiqul Islam Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Islam’s teaching and research is focused on characterizing, measuring, and modeling water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. Professor Islam is also the Director of the Water Diplomacy Initiative and a faculty advisor for the Water: Systems, Science and Society program at Tufts. For more information on Professor Islam, please see his departmental website.
Kelsey Jack Faculty Member, Department of Economics
Kelsey Jack’s research focuses on the intersection of environmental and development economics and investigates questions from behavioral economics and contract theory. She is currently researching the design of incentives for the private provision of public goods, and is a WSSS faculty advisor.
  Jonathan Kenny Professor, Department of Chemistry
Professor Kenny and his research group concentrate on the uses of multidimensional fluorescence to solve analytical problems in the environment as well as the fundamental photophysics of fluorescence spectroscopy.  Present projects include photophysics of oxygen quenching of fluorescence and developing chemometric methods to analyze three-way data to characterize dissolved organic matter in natural waters and other complex mixtures. Professor Kenny participates in the Water: Systems Science and Society program as a faculty advisor.
Sheldon Krimsky Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Krimsky’s research has focused on the intersections of science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. Aside from being a faculty advisor for TIE’s Water: Systems Science and Society program, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics, as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics and on Committee A of the American Association of University Professors. Professor Krimsky has published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in many books and journals.
Stephen Levine Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Levine focuses on industrial ecology. Present research areas include the use of economic input-output models in analyzing the flows of resources and products in industrial systems and the use of computer simulation to evaluate alternative policies for controlling feral cat populations. Professor Levine is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.
  Stuart Levy Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Department of MedicineSchool of Medicine
Dr. Levy is an internal medicine physician and molecular biology scientist, with interest in infectious diseases, particularly as it relates to the mechanism and environmental spread of antibiotic resistance and drug-resistant bacteria. Current research interests include studies of virulence and antibiotic resistance, studies of a regulatory protein in bacteria which controls pathogenesis and drug resistance, study of drug efflux systems, in particular, that for tetracycline resistance, and investigation of the environmental survival of a biocontrol / bioremediation agent based on a P. fluorescens strain his team identified from natural soils. Dr. Levy is also Director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance, and President of The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics.
Sara Lewis Professor of Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology, Department of Biology
Sara Lewis’ research focus is in the field of evolutionary ecology, and her research aimed at understanding how selection acts in natural populations – for example, among insects, fish, and marine invertebrates.
Penn Loh Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Penn Loh is Professor of the Practice at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He works in partnership with Boston area community, labor, and environmental organizations to advance strategies for just and sustainable (“justainable”) cities and new community economies. He serves on the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.
  Nimah Mazaheri Assistant Professor, Political Science
Professor Mazaheri’s interests are in comparative political economy with a focus on developing countries in the Middle East and South Asia, oil and energy, and private sector development. His work has been published in World Development, The Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Studies, and Iranian Studies. Professor Mazaheri is also an advisor for the Environmental Studies Program at Tufts.
Andrew McClellan Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs, Department of Art and Art History.
Professor McClellan is interested in the history of museums and collecting as well as European art of the 17th-19th centuries. He has published extensively, and his books include: Inventing the Louvre (University of California Press, 1999), The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao, (University of California Press, 2008), and Art and Its Publics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003). He is planning to redesign his course “Nature into Art” for students interested in the intersection of Art History and Environmental Studies.
Gilbert Metcalf Professor, Department of Economics
Professor Metcalf is interested in applied public finance, with a focus on taxation, energy, and environmental economics. Research interests include policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. Professor Metcalf is currently on leave from Tufts and serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy in the US Department of the Treasury. In that position, he oversees activities to develop, coordinate, and execute Treasury’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. He has published many works, including several book chapters on climate, energy, and tax policy.
William Moomaw Professor and Director, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at Fletcher
William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry from MIT. Professor Moomaw works on global Sustainable Development issues including climate change mitigation, adaptation and policy, international forestry, fisheries, agriculture, water, energy and nitrogen management. He is working with practitioners in governments, international organizations and corporations to create strategies for addressing the losses that have occurred to global resilience through Restorative Development and the Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance required to achieve it.