Through my teaching and scholarship as a faculty member at Gettysburg College, I study the intersection of gender issues, environmental change, and practices of equitable and sustainable development.


I'm a feminist geographer with a research agenda organized around equity issues in natural resource use and management.  With a regional focus in India, I maintain specific interests in participatory approaches to community-based conservation and development, studies of human-wildlife conflict, and the politics of protected areas.  My theoretical approaches are interdisciplinary and emphasize cultural and political ecology, feminist environmentalism, critical development studies, and animal geography. 

My current research examines issues of gender, conservation, and climate change at the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (Uttarakhand Himalaya, India), where human-wildlife conflict and changing agro-ecosystems pose key threats.  I also maintain an active interest in conservation conflicts and coexistence initatives in the Rajaji-Corbett National Parks corridor in Uttarakhand. In addition, and in collaboration with local NGO Project Gaia, I'm working with students to examine the potential for clean cookstoves to reduce conflict with wildlife, cut down on black carbon, promote sustainable livelihoods, and support women's empowerment.  Finally, and closer to home, I'm in the earliest stages of development of a new project about wildlife rescue sanctuaries.  

I welcome potential ES460 (independent study) students who share my theoretical and regional research interests. If any of these areas interest you, please get in touch or come by for a visit!



Please note that section availability varies from year to year.

* ES162: World Regional Geography
* ES121: Environmental Issues
* ES196: Environmental Science and Society
* ES334: Global Environment and Development
* FYS148: Women, Wildlife, and Water
* GS310-A: [TOPICS] Gender, Environment, and Development
* GS440: Globalization Studies Capstone

In the future, I also hope to be able to offer a new service-learning seminar course called "Animals and Society." 

In addition to teaching for Environmental Studies (ES) and Globalization Studies (GS), I am a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) Advisory Committee.


Thanks for visiting!


Monica V. Ogra

Monica V. Ogra
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies

Phone: (717) 337 - 6032

Box: Campus Box 2455

Address: Science Center
Room 154E
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD University of Colorado, Department of Geography, 2006
Graduate Cert in Development Studies, Univ of CO, 2006
MA University of Denver, Department of Anthropology, 1999
BS Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communication, 1994

Academic Focus:
Development Studies, Conservation, Gender issues, India