Transdisciplinary Areas of ExcellenceSustainable CommunitiesConference

About the conference organizers

Professor SinclairThomas Sinclair

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Binghamton University

Tom Sinclair has taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at Binghamton since 2000. He served as the original chair of the Department and put in practice a vision of a program and a department where service to the community is a vital part of the teaching mission for its faculty and a critical element in the College of Community and Public Affairs’ tenure and promotion review. He utilizes service learning activities in at least one of the two courses that he teaches every semester. Recent collaborative projects involving students and the community include: an economic profile for the Windsor Partnership, an analysis of the impact of the 2011 flood on the Village of Owego’s finances, an Economic Development Incentive Guide for the City of Binghamton’s Department of Economic Development. His research focus is on local government capacities and citizen expectations of their local governmental institutions. Professor Sinclair received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2011 and in the Fall of 2013 was a co-recipient of NASPAA’s Social Justice Award for coursework projects designed with colleagues from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.

Professor Sinclair serves on the SUNY University Faculty Senate and Binghamton University’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee. He also chairs the International Education Advisory Committee for Binghamton University and organizes a short course in Shenzhen, China every January.


Professor MischenPamela Mischen

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of Center for Applied Community Research and Development
Binghamton University

Dr. Pamela Mischen earned her BS from Cornell University and her MS and PhD from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on inter-organizational networks in the public/nonprofit sector; knowledge management in local government and nonprofit agencies; and applied community-based research. As the Director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which includes faculty from nearly a dozen Binghamton University departments and programs and numerous community agencies, she has received over 20 grants and contracts from numerous local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $450,000. She currently is an Advisory Board Member and Chair of the Planning Committee for the Broome County Youth Bureau.


Professor HolahanRobert Holahan

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Binghamton University

Hello! I am an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies program at Binghamton University. I also hold a joint title with the Political Science department, though my home base is solely within environmental studies. Additionally, I am an affiliated faculty member with the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.

Growing up in Minnesota, a state with plentiful natural resources and beauty, I have always had an interest in understanding the link between humans, policies, and environmental outcomes. In particular, I have been interested in the link between natural resources and economic prosperity--how can we manage resources effectively to ensure both long run environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, I was fortunate to take two courses with economist Douglass C. North who emphasized the role of institutions in long run economic growth. Around the same time I became aware of the work of Elinor Ostrom, who challenged conventional thinking on environmental "tragedies" as being inevitable by pointing to a variety of long-enduring institutional frameworks used to sustainably manage natural resources the world over. After being fortunate enough become a doctoral student of Lin's, I eventually earned my Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 2011. Since the fall of 2012, I have been on the faculty of Binghamton University.

My current research interests concern the (un)successful management of common pool resources, ranging from forests to ocean fisheries to natural gas and oil. My work has been published in Science and Marine Policy, among other journals. Currently most of my research time is devoted to unraveling the property rights over and institutional evolution of regulations governing the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing technologies in shale gas and oil plays (fracking). Along with Gwen Arnold, an assistant professor at the University California-Davis, I am working on a series of papers that explore the use of fracking from the perspective of common pool resource theory.

My teaching interests similarly revolve around environmental policies and natural resource governance. At Binghamton University, I have taught courses on Sustainability and Urban Policy (ENVI 382C, Fall 2012 & 2013), Environmental Policy Analysis (ENVI 481T/PAFF 571, Fall 2012 & 2013), Introduction to Environmental Policy (ENVI 230/PLSC 282A, Spring 2013), and Global Environmental Politics (ENVI 382D, Summer 2013).

Last Updated: 2/19/14