Environmental Studies

Monica V. Ogra

Associate Professor

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. A secondary area of teaching and research interests focuses on human-nonhuman animal interactions more broadly.  


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 sustainable development, gender mainstreaming debates, 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 active research currently includes a collaborative project with colleagues at both Gettysburg College and the Wildlife Institute of India, and is about people's differentiated experiences of environmental change (agro-ecological systems, forest and grasslands, interactions with wildlife, and observations about climate change) in high-altitude communities of the Uttarakhand Himalaya, India. In addition, and in collaboration with local NGO Project Gaia, I'm 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.  Closer to home, I'm in the earliest stages of development of a new project about wildlife rescue sanctuaries and the potential for new, related forms of conservation education/activism.  Most recently, with colleague Julie Urbanik, I co-edited and contributed to a special issue of Society & Animals, "Tracking the human-wildlife-conservation nexus through the HAS landscape."

I welcome potential ES460 (independent study) 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.

* ES162: World Regional Geography
* ES121: Environmental Issues
* ES196: Environmental Science and Society
* ES334: Global Environment and Development
* ES335: Gender and Environment
* ES400: Animals, the Environment, and Society
* FYS174: Encountering Animals


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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