Peggy Shaffer studies U.S. cultural history with an emphasis on conceptions of nature and construction of public culture. Her books include See America First: Tourism and National Identity, 1880-1940 (Smithsonian 2001), and two edited collections: Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States (Pennsylvania 2008) and Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (with Phoebe S.K. Young, Pennsylvania 2015).
Thomas Crist is an ecologist with expertise in the study of biodiversity, land use, and ecosystem services. He is the author of numerous papers and a member of the Ecology Society of America's Rapid Response Team. As the former Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, he participated in projects requiring perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Thomas Yarcusko (2016) graduated from Miami University with an English Literature and German Studies double major. He was an Altman student fellow for the 2014-15 Altman Program, "The Anthropocene." Yarcusko is currently an English Teacher at Notre Dame College Prep.
Catherine Mazanek (2017) graduated from Miami University with an American Studies major. She was an Altman student fellow for the 2014-15 Altman Program, "The Anthropocene."
Matthew Meeks (2015) graduated from Miami University with a major in Zoology. He was an Altman student fellow for the 2014-15 Altman Program, "The Anthropocene." Meeks is currently a Business and Project Analyst at University of California, San Francisco.
Carly Kimiecik (2015) graduated from Miami University with a double major in Health Promotion and American Studies. She was an Altman student fellow for the 2014-15 Altman Program, "The Anthropocene." Kimiecik is currently a graduate student in the Ohio State University College of Social Work
Tyler Groff is a PhD candidate in English, specializing in British literature, ecocriticism, and critical animal studies. He was the graduate student Altman Fellow for the 2014-2015 Altman Program, "The Anthropocene."
Susan Findley (Class of 2015) graduated from Miami University with a double major in Zoology and Classics and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently Public Programs Coordinator at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
Roxanne T. Ornelas studies the geographies of indigenous peoples with an emphasis on public policy, environment, sacred lands, and human rights. She has published articles in the International Indigenous Policy Journal and other journals.
Jonathan Levy is a specialist in groundwater hydrology. His research examines groundwater/surface-water interaction, quantification of model uncertainty, and the transport of groundwater contaminants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and bacteria.
Andrew Hebard specializes American literature. He is the author of The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885-1910 (Cambridge 2013). His writing has also appeared in New German Critique, American Quarterly, African American Review, and other journals.
Michelle D. Boone studies the ecological ramifications of human actions on amphibian populations and communities, focusing on the effects of pesticides, land use, invasive species, and disease. Her work has appeared in Conservation Biology, Ecological Applications, PLoS One, and other publications.
P. Renée Baernstein is Professor of History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science. She specializes in the history of Renaissance Italy, particularly gender, religion, and family. She is the author of A Convent Tale: A Century of Sisterhood in Spanish Milan (Routledge 2002) as well as articles in many journals. She has been a Fulbright fellow, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Center in Florence, and recipient of the Ohio Academy of History’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her next book, “Strangers at Home,” is about noble women and family politics in sixteenth-century Italy.
Luis (Iñaki) Prádanos studies environmental issues in contemporary Iberian and Latin American cultures. Combining urban critical theory, ecological economics, and cultural studies, his work explores the relation of socioecological crisis to economic growth. He is the author of numerous articles and recently completed his manuscript, “Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain.” He is currently editing a special issue of Letras Hispanas titled “Contemporary Iberian Ecocriticism and New Materialisms” and is co-editing a special issue on “South Atlantic Ecocriticism” for Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.