Students and Faculty Present Research at Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Shaunna Barnhart, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Kate Darby, Taylor Hinton ’14, Hillary Fenrich ’14, and Abigail Dunegan ’15 attended the fourth annual Dimensions of Political Ecology conference February 27 to March 1 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Taylor presented her research “‘Coming Down from the Hill’: Making Meaning of Undergraduate Community Work.” Professor Darby participated in the panel “Strategies for Teaching Social Justice in Environmental Classes” and co-presented research with Taylor on “‘I’m just a little nervous about our world”: Food sovereignty among Rural Rustbelt Gardeners.” Professor Barnhart organized the session “Political Ecologies of Hydraulic Fracturing—Campus Edition,” in which Hillary and Abigail presented. Hillary presented her research “Fractured public perceptions: A result of hydrofracking on college-owned property.” Abigail presented her research “Green Identities: Campus Perceptions Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing in Allegheny College’s Environmental Research Reserve.” Professor Barnhart also presented her research on “Environmental Governmentality at the Intersection of Community Forestry and Biogas Technology in Nepal.”