Richard Marcantonio


Drew (Richard) Marcantonio (peace studies and anthropology) holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame (2018), a Master of Public Affairs degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) (2016) and a B.A. in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Drew is a Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellow (2016-2021) and a Mullen Family Fellow (2017-2018) and was awarded the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (2018-2021), a nationally competitive and distinguished honor.

Drew is a joint-PhD in Peace Studies and Anthropology candidate while also earning a Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society. His current research integrates social and environmental science methods and theories to develop a concept of environmental violence, the process by which humans are harmed and/or have their everyday lives altered by human-produced toxic and non-toxic pollution. Central components of this work include Earth Systems and human niche construction theory, an understanding of global environmental change and risk, and the identification of patterns and processes, global to local in scale, that facilitate and result as a function of environmental violence.

During his graduate studies at SPEA he led a research project in Zambia working with smallholder farmers to understand local perceptions and impacts of, and responses to, water scarcity.  He is currently leading two projects. In one he is partnering with an international disaster relief organization regarding climate change-driven extreme weather events across island locations. The second, with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone, focuses on the effects of mining along the Pampana River. In partnering with active organizations and conducting interdisciplinary research, Drew’s work contributes to socio-environmental scholarship, policy and the efforts of practitioners alike.

Contact: 260 Corbett Family Hall,