Robert Krueger

Associate Professor

Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Co-Director, London Project Center
Director, Worcester Community Project Center

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: SL 223C

Phone: 508-831-5110

Robert Krueger is the founding director of WPI's Environment and Sustainability Studies Program. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator on two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants focused on environmental justice issues in Worcester. He serves as co-chair of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Working Group. He is also board president of the Regional Environmental Council. A broad, international audience recognizes Krueger’s scholarship on urban sustainability. He has published dozens of papers in prestigious internationally peer-reviewed journals. ... View Profile

Marja Bakermans

Assistant Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: 005 Goddard Hall

I possess a strong commitment to student education, and a goal of mine is to stimulate students' critical thinking and problem solving abilities. I have a well-grounded research background, which informs my teaching of interdisciplinary topics with an expertise in environmental science and conservation biology in both North and Latin America. I take an experiential approach to teaching where students receive a solid foundation of knowledge but then apply this to real-life situations. Field projects and service learning are essential components of my classroom instruction. ... View Profile

Constance Clark

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 408 D

Phone: 508-831-5712

In addition to teaching the history of science and technology, I have at various times in the past raised baby birds at the Bronx Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium, curated and inventoried mammal skeletons in attics at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, designed biology teaching labs at the University of Colorado, and collected dinosaurs and other fossils while camping in the Wyoming badlands with paleontology field crews. ... View Profile

James Kevin Doyle

Department Head & Assoc Prof

Department Head, SSPS

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories 311

Phone: 508-831-5583

I am a social psychologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of judgment and decision making. I am particularly interested in how people develop an understanding of complex environmental and societal problems and how their "mental models" of complex systems can best be studied and improved to aid both personal and public decision making. I firmly believe that environmental and social problems can't be solved without understanding how they are represented in the mind and identifying what cognitive processes people bring to bear upon them. ... View Profile

Laureen Elgert

Assistant Professor

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories

Phone: 508-831-5452

Laureen's interest in environmental studies grew as she traveled through Southeast Asia and South America, noticing that local resource users' idea of environmentalism often bore little resemblance to familiar interpretations. She has since been particularly interested in the environment-development nexus, examining how politics shapes global environmental policy that can, and often does, have profound impacts on local livelihoods. ... View Profile

Roger S. Gottlieb


Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 04

Phone: 508-831-5439, 508-831-5246, 508-831-5385

Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, is the author or editor of twenty books and more than 100 articles on environmentalism, religious studies, contemporary spirituality, political philosophy, ethics, the Holocaust, feminism, and disability. He is internationally known for his work as a leading analyst and exponent of religious environmentalism, for his passionate and moving account of spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, and for his innovative and humane description of the role of religion in a democratic society. ... View Profile

J. Scott Jiusto

Associate Professor

Director, Cape Town Project Centre

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center, 2nd Fl

Phone: 508-831-5393

My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPIs Global Projects Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre, especially, I see my work as an exercise in Shared Action Learning (SAL), which I describe to students and others is a way to think about and engage in partnerships for sustainable community development. ... View Profile

Fred J. Looft

Professor & Ac Dir Systems Eng

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 012

Phone: 508-831-5369, 508-831-5231

When I first came to WPI/ECE, I was involved in the modeling of sensory receptors and neural coding—a field of study at the interface between electrical engineering, communications systems, biomedical engineering, neurosciences, and sensory systems. For about 20 years I published papers and worked on research grants related to sensory systems and neural coding, advised undergraduate and graduate projects, and collaborated on several projects with a colleague at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. ... View Profile

Lauren M. Mathews

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4006

Phone: 508-831-5643, 508-831-5938

Research in my laboratory addresses questions in the field of evolutionary ecology and environmental biology, and typically combines field work and laboratory studies. Current projects focus on two disciplines. One of the major goals of my laboratory is to understand the geographic and evolutionary processes that affect and generate biological diversity, particularly in aquatic habitats. In North America, freshwater faunas are particularly vulnerable to ecological changes because of heavy manipulation of habitats by human activity. ... View Profile

Paul P. Mathisen

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 209E

Phone: 508-831-5343, 508-831-5530

Professor Mathisen's teaching and research concentrate in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new ideas and concepts, which he can then apply to solve problems that can make a difference for other people. WPI's curriculum and projects program provide the perfect environment for fostering these opportunities. ... View Profile

R. Creighton Peet

Assoc. Teaching Professor

Director, Namibia Project Center
Director, Hong Kong Project Center
Project Coordinator

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Salisbury Labs 331

Phone: 508-831-6730

After spending many years working in international development and humanitarian assistance, as well as in international social and environmental education, and anthropological field research, Creighton Peet joined WPI in 2000 as part of its Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. He loves teaching at WPI and sharing what he has learned over the years through its project-based curriculum; this style of teaching is a way of learning for him, directly and indirectly, and it satisfies his own research interests in the sustainable management of natural resources, especially water. ... View Profile

Reeta Rao

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4013

Phone: 508-831-6120, 508-831-6713

My research program focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases. We primarily study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen and the most prevalent fungal pathogen of humans. It is responsible for common clinical problems including oral thrush and vaginitis, but can also lead to life-threatening systematic infections in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients, resulting in 30-50% mortality rates. The estimated annual cost of treating nosocomial Candida infections exceeds $1 billion per year. ... View Profile

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean of IGSD, ad interim

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Director, Washington Project Center

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center

Phone: 508-831-5019

Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities.At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile

Thomas B. Robertson

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 234

Phone: 508-831-5871

(ON LEAVE 2016-2017 US Agency for International Development). I specialize in environmental history, international development, 20th-century America, and the Himalayas. I am particularly interested in American relations with the developing world. My first book, The Malthusian Moment, focuses on post-World War II American debates about population growth, both at home and globally. My current research examines the environmental history of U.S. ... View Profile

Derren Rosbach

Assistant Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 327

Phone: 508-831-5826

The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. ... View Profile

Jennifer Rudolph

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 408B

Phone: 508-831-6739

Jennifer Rudolph's main area of research is modern Chinese political history.  While her first book dissects institutional change in late imperial China, in her second, she explores identity politics in the Taiwan Strait. In it, Rudolph explores co-optations of a 17th-century pirate-merchant Zheng Chenggong. Through the centuries, Zheng has lived on, with regimes ruling, or desirous of ruling, Taiwan portraying him as a traitor, Confucian god, Chinese nationalist, Japanese nationalist, and the Moses of Taiwan. ... View Profile

Khalid Saeed


Director System Dynamics Program
Director System Dynamics and Innovation Management Program

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Labs 312-D

Phone: 508-831-5296, 508-831-5563

Khalid Saeed is professor of economics and system dynamics. ... View Profile

John Sanbonmatsu

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: SL 023

Phone: 508-831-5226

John Sanbonmatsu is interested in critical theory, including theories of social change, and political philosophy. View Profile

Ingrid K. Shockey

Associate Teaching Professor

Director, India Project Center at the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi
Co-director, New Zealand Project Center

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center, 209

Phone: 508-831-6635

Ingrid Shockey is an environmental sociologist whose work focuses on natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness boundaries--an interest sparked by a summer job she once held at Yellowstone National Park. From there, her research concerns have grown to include the extent to which people rely on substitutions for authentic experiences in the wild. This includes tracking diminishing environmental literacy and documenting dynamics in how knowledge and perception of nature determine the depth of our engagement with the environment. ... View Profile

Elisabeth "Lisa" Stoddard

Assistant Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 240

Professor Stoddard’s research focuses on the policy and politics of food production in a changing climate and global economy. Her work analyzes the ways in which the governance of agriculture and livestock production shapes our food systems’ vulnerability and capacity to adapt to drought, floods, the global spread of disease, and other hazards. She is also interested in issues of environmental injustice in the livestock industry and the ability of social movements to make powerful changes, especially in the age of social media. ... View Profile

Seth Tuler

Associate Teaching Professor

Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center
Co-Director, Boston Project Center

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center 211A

Phone: 508-831-6444

Seth has been part of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division since 2002, as teacher, advisor, and co-director of project centers. He is the co-Director of the Bangkok Project Center and co-Director of the Boston Project Center, where he enjoys exposing students to contemporary problems in environmental and public health policy making and challenging them to apply insights emerging from research to practical applications. ... View Profile