Environmental Studies

Monica V. Ogra


Environmental Studies



Campus Box 2455


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


PhD University of Colorado, Department of Geography, 2006
PhD Graduate Certificate 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

International development, Conservation, Gender issues, Animal Studies, India

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 am particularly interested in how these issues manifest in the borderlands of wildlife protected areas, where people frequently conflict with both one another and with members of other species over questions of space, place, and belonging. A secondary area of teaching and research interests focuses on human-nonhuman animal interactions more broadly.  In this context, I'm currently working on a student-faculty research project about the  economic, political, and moral geographies of wolf-dog hybrids and the "geographies of care" associated with private wildlife rescue sanctuaries.  My theoretical approaches are interdisciplinary and emphasize cultural and political ecology, feminist environmentalism, critical development studies, and animal geographies.


For over two decades, through my scholarship I have maintained a regional focus on India, with my fieldwork emphasizing the experiences of Himalayan communities in Uttarakhand. I maintain specific topical interests in participatory approaches to community-based conservation and sustainable development, gender mainstreaming debates, studies of human-wildlife conflict, and the politics of protected areas.  

Closer to home and more recently here in the US, I'm working with students to engage practical and philosophical questions about the commodification of "the wild" and what this practice means for nonhuman animal actors caught up in the exotic pet trade.  

In collaboration with local NGO Project Gaia, I'm also frequently working with students to examine the potential for clean cookstoves to reduce black carbon, promote sustainable livelihoods, support women's empowerment, and contribute to biodiversity conservation objectives. 

I welcome potential ES460 (honors thesis) students and qualified student research assistants who share any of these broad theoretical, topical, or regional research interests.  If these areas excite you, too, please get in touch or come by for a visit!



Please note that section availability varies from year to year.

* ES161: Introduction to Human Geography
* ES162: World Regional Geography
* ES196: Environmental Science and Society 
* ES334: Global Environment and Development 
* ES335: Gender and Environment 
* ES400: Senior Seminar: Animals, the Environment, and Society
* FYS174: Encountering Animals: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies



In addition to my work as a faculty member in Environmental Studies (ES), I am also faculty co-advisor to the student club GECO (Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization) and faculty advisor to SASA (Students Against Sexual Assault). 


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