Monica V. Ogra
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Campus Box 2455
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
(717) 337 -
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
Global Environment and Development
Sustainable Development, Biodiversity Conservation, Gender Issues, South Asia (India)
My teaching and scholarship at Gettysburg College connects the environment, gender, international development, globalization, biodiversity conservation, and qualitative research methods.
For Environmental Studies, I offer students a range of courses that relate to these interests including "World Regional Geography" (ES 162 - offered as the schedule permits), "Environmental Science and Society" (ES 196 - every fall), and an upper-division seminar course, "Global Environment and Development" (ES 334 - alternate years, usually in fall). In coming years, I hope to be able to offer a new service-learning seminar course called "Animals and Society." I also supervise ES460 (independent study) students who share my theoretical and regional research interests.
For Globalization Studies, I offer the senior seminar, "Globalization Studies Capstone" (GS 440A and GS 440B) each Spring. This course brings students into critical dialogue with each other about key debates in globalization and provides the venue for a final paper related to the self-designed thematic track.
In addition, when possible I offer incoming students an interdisciplinary first year seminar called "Women, Wildlife, and Water: Gender and the Global Environment" (FYS 148). This course counts as an elective in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) program and in the Environmental Studies Department.
My research in India generally focuses on the ways in which biodiversity conservation efforts intersect with rural livelihood issues around national parks, with specific focus on issues of human-wildlife conflict, gender mainstreaming debates, NGO practices, sustainable development, and participatory approaches to conservation-development. My current research examines issues of gender, development, forest conservation, and climate change (black carbon) through field-based work with students and in collaboration with local NGO, Project Gaia.
My theoretical approaches are interdisciplinary and emphasize cultural and political ecology, feminist environmentalism, critical development studies, and animal geography.