Sustainable Communities

Committee member bios

Elizabeth Anderson is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education. Her current research interests focus on young children with complex learning, pyscho-social and health needs, interprofessional education/interprofessional collaboration and interdisciplinary school-based service.

Shelley Dionne is an associate professor of organizational behavior in the School of Management. She serves as the associate director of the Center for Leadership Studies and associate editor for the Leadership Quarterly. Her research interests include leadership, team development, collective dynamics and levels of analysis issues.

Madhusudhan Govindaraju is an associate professor of computer science and the associate director of the Grid and Cloud Computing Research Lab at Binghamton University. His research interests include cloud computing, distributed data intensive computing, high-performance computing, Web services, semantic Web, component-based technologies, XML-based technologies and problem-solving environments.

Joseph Graney is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, director of the Environmental Studies Program and associate director of the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies. His current research focuses on tracing natural and anthropogenic geochemical processes to assess ecosystem impacts adjacent to Oil Sands production facilities in Alberta; assessments of energy resource development on Chesapeake Bay watersheds, and the impact of interstate and local roadway infrastructure on surface and groundwater resources.

Siobhan Hart is an assistant professor of anthropology. Her research interests include Native American history, indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and colonialism. She studies how these domains intersect in North America, using collaborative archaeology to support broader equity and social justice efforts. She is co-director of the Pocumtuck Fort Archaelogy and Stewardship Project in Deerfield, Mass., which examines Native American experiences of colonialism and cultural change.

Robert Holahan is an assistant professor of environmental studies and political science. His primary area of research investigates environmental policy from a social-ecological perspective that incorporates the biological, ecological and geological characteristics of resource systems with the economics of human decision-making. Current research projects include an property-rights examination of unconventional oil and gas production and a cross-national study on the vote choices of parliamentarians over environmental policies.

Barry Jones

Suk-Young Kang is an assistant professor of social work. His research focuses on depression and health status among Asian immigrant elders, healthcare service use among Asian Americans, family caregiving, and social justice issues of immigrants and refugees.

Hal Lewis is an associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering and the graduate director of systems science. His research interests include intelligent systems, fuzzy control and soft computing.

Stephanie Malmberg is a doctoral student in community and public affairs at Binghamton University. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in human development and earned her MS in student affairs administration from Binghamton University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Her general research area is accessibility in higher education. Her research interests include supportive transitioning of low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented students in higher education. Lately, she has focused on identifying and examining the role of core values in college student development, as well as a project that identifies the phenomenology and meaning making of residential community college students on historically commuter campuses. She is also an adjunct instructor at SUNY Broome Community College, and the data specialist for TRiO at Binghamton University.

Pamela Mischen, chair, is an associate professor of public administration and chair of the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. Her current research interests include local government and nonprofit capacity building, inter-organizational networks in the public/nonprofit sector, knowledge management and applied community-based research. She is currently working on a project that examines the impact of local government capacity on natural gas drilling and building sustainable communities in Pennsylvania. She currently is an advisory board member and chair of the Planning Committee for the Broome County Youth Bureau. 

Jason Moore is an assistant professor of sociology who focuses on capitalism as world-ecology, environmental history and agrarian change.

Gale Spencer is a distinguished teaching professor in the Decker School of Nursing and is the Decker Endowed Chair in Community Health Nursing. Her research interests include community assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as interpersonal violence and teen risk behaviors.

David Sloan Wilson is a distinguished professor in the departments of biological sciences and of anthropology and director of the Evolutionary Studies program. His research interest is evolutionary biology, including natural selection as a hierarchical process, the nature of intraspecific variation, the evolution of ecological communities and human evolutionary biology. He also works with the Binghamton Neighborhood Project in community-based research.

Affiliated faculty and staff

Tania Alameda-Lawson, assistant professor of social work

Allison Alden, director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Josephine Allen, professor of social work

Lisa Blitz, assistant professor of social work

Mark Blumler, associate professor of geography

Cassandra Bransford, associate professor of social work

Chengbin Deng, assistant professor of geography

Vishal Gupta, assistant professor of management

Robert Holahan, assistant professor of environmental studies and political science

Thomas Kulp, assistant professor of geological sciences

Michael Lawson, assistant professor of human development

Adam Laats, associate professor of history and of education

Tim Lowenstein, professor of geological sciences 

Sean Massey, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies

Christopher Morgan-Knapp, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Law program

Andreas Pape, assistant professor of economics

Florenz Plassmann, professor and chair of economics

Nick Plavac, instructor of bioengineering

Joshua Reno, assistant professor of anthropology

Susan Siebold-Simpson, assistant professor of nursing

Richard Shaker, assistant professor of geography

Nina Versaggi, associate professor of anthropology

Wei-Xing Zhu, associate professor of biological sciences

Last Updated: 4/1/15