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.
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, 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.
I have just begun a new research project which examines issues of gender, conservation, and climate change at the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (Uttarakhand Himalaya, India). In addition, and in collaboration with local NGO Project Gaia, I'm 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. Finally, and closer to home, I'm in the earliest stages of development of a new project about wildlife rescue sanctuaries and wildlife-related tourism.
I welcome potential ES460 (independent study) students who share my broad theoretical and regional research interests. If any of these areas interest 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
* FYS148: Women, Wildlife, and Water
In the near future, I also hope to be able to offer a new service-learning course called "Animals Encounters: Navigating the Contemporary Human-Animal Experience."
In addition to my work as a faculty member in Environmental Studies (ES), I am also a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Advisory Committee (WGSPAC) and the Globalization Studies Advisory Committee (GSAC).
Thanks for visiting!
Monica V. Ogra
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Phone: (717) 337 - 6032
Box: Campus Box 2455
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
International development, Conservation, Gender issues, India