Robert M. East, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program
Robert East is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches a variety of courses covering interdisciplinary aspects of environmental studies, with areas of expertise in agroforestry, watershed management, and sustainable development. To his teaching and research, he brings over twelve years of experience living and working within Eastern and Southern Africa.
He served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Kenya. He had worked in the technical advisor/project leadership positions for the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania and with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for Denmark (DANIDA) and Sweden (SIDA). He had been a consultant on projects funded by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and USAID. Dr. East serves on the Board of Directors of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, and the Advisory Board for the Center for Energy Policy & Management.
Dr. East is a co-Principal Investigator on a grant awarded from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. His research includes comparing the environmental impacts of economic development in China and the United States, and the role of agroforestry in mitigating climate change vulnerability within East Africa. Dr. East was the founding chair of the College Sustainability Committee and is currently the faculty representative for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the faculty advisor for the College Green Club, and the coordinator for the Mazingira (“Environment”) Fund.