My teaching and scholarship at Gettysburg College connects the environment, gender, international development, globalization, biodiversity conservation, and qualitative research methods.


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, sustainable and "eco-" development, and participatory approaches to resolution of conservation-development conflicts. My current research examines issues of gender, development, conservation-induced displacement, and climate change (black carbon) through field-based work with students and in collaboration with local NGO, Project Gaia.  This summer, I'll be starting another research project in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (Uttarakhand Himalaya, India) that examines cross-cutting issues related to gender equity, local livelihoods, climate change, and wildlife conservation.

My theoretical approaches are interdisciplinary and emphasize cultural and political ecology, feminist environmentalism, critical development studies, and animal geography.


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.

This year I am offering for the first time a "Special Topics" course: Gender, Environment, and Development" (GS310). This course focuses on the intersection of these broad fields of study in both historical and contemporary perspectives, highlighting among other things the ways in which relevant debates in feminist environmentalism have unfolded cross-culturally.  It also offers students a chance to really think about the ways that globalization contributes to -- and complicates -- the implementation of strategies intended to address the challenge of "sustainable" development.

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

In my spare time, I enjoy being outside hiking and looking around, traveling, reading, painting, and cooking. 


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:
Sustainable Development, Biodiversity Conservation, Gender Issues, South Asia (India)