Visiting Scholar Program

The PIERS Visiting Scholar Program brings prominent scholars in disciplines that support environmental studies (e.g. philosophy, theology, history, geography, biology, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, policy studies, etc.) to Pace University. Visiting Scholars share their current research with Pace faculty and students and together create new knowledge that will be disseminated through presentation and publication.

The Visiting Scholar program is open to scholars (educators, professionals, and practitioners) with advanced degrees. Faculty with or without teaching obligations may apply. Only those currently residing in the United States are eligible. The length of stay is typically one semester (approximately 12 weeks). There is no residency requirement.


The Visiting Scholar will carry out independent research on environmental and regional values (broadly defined).


The Visiting Scholar will lead an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students in discussions of his or her research, meeting three times during the semester. The Visiting Scholar will also present on his or her research in a culminating lecture at PIERS.

The honorary varies, please inquire.

Facilities and services available to the Visiting Scholar include the Pace Libraries (Birnbaum, Mortola, and Law Library), office space, as well as clerical and research support from a student assistant. The Visiting Scholar can also count on an accomplished and enthusiastic Environmental Studies faculty as a valuable resource.

To apply, submit the following materials:
  1. Visiting Scholar Application Form
  2. Research Proposal (topic and plan, approximately 1000 words)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Names and contact information for two current references.
  • Andrew Revkin (Senior Fellow of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies) Spring 2010
  • Allison Hayes-Conroy, PhD (Department of Geography, Clark University).
    Environmental Geography: A Feminist Perspective. Fall 2009.
  • Judith Pajo, PhD (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine).
    Social Studies of Garbage: Culture of Waste. Spring 2009.
  • Yuegin Xia, PhD (School of Foreign Languages, Yangtze University, Hubie, China).
    China’s Environmental Issues. Spring 2008.
  • Geoffrey I. Nwaka, PhD (Urban Studies, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria).
    Planning Environmentally Sound Cities in Africa. Fall 2006.
  • Frans Verhagen, PhD (Sociology, CUNY; Director, Sustainability, Education, and Research).
    Sustainable Communities in Metro New York Region: Fact, Fiction and a Value-Based Planning Framework. Spring 2006.
  • Yoko Ikeda, Doctoral Candidate (Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center).
    Digging-Up New York City: Urban Gardens and Sustainable Communities. Fall 2005.
  • Noel Brown, PhD (Center for Ocean Studies, University of Halifax).
    A Curriculum for Sustainable Development. Spring 2005.
  • Hune Margulies, PhD (Religious Studies, Columbia University).
    Secular Discourses of the Sacred in Spinoza and Buber and their Contributions to Ecological Socialism. Fall 2004.
  • Dana Taplin, PhD (Department of Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center).
    Bridging the Divide Between User Value Research and Scholarly Environmental Discourse. Spring 2004.
  • Ned Kaufman, PhD (Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute).
    Impact of Land-Use Laws and Customs on the Ability of Communities with Close Ties to Place and Environment to Maintain Cultural Traditions. Fall 2003.
  • Johnelle Lamarque, PhD (Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University).
    Ethnographic Examination of the Public Trust Doctrine and Coastal Resources in a Context of Gentrification. Spring 2003.
  • Christian Diehm, PhD (Department of Philosophy, Villanova University).
    Ecofeminism and the Ecological Self. Fall 2002.
  • Andrew Light, PhD (Department of Humanities, Steinhardt School, New York University).
    Contemporary Environmental Ethics: From Metaethics to Public Philosophy. Spring 2002.
  • Melissa Clarke, PhD (Department of Philosophy, College of Saint Rose).
    Agency and Resistance: The Case of the Hudson River. Fall 2001.

Apply to be a Visiting Scholar

Past Visiting Scholars