Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
M.P.A. in Environmental Policy and Management, Indiana University
B.A. in Geography and the Environment, University of Texas
Research and Teaching Interests
Environmental violence, human ecology, global environmental change, human niche construction
Drew’s 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.
Drew 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.
While a postdoctoral scholar at the Kroc Institute, in addition to teaching on environmental violence, Drew will be completing two book projects. The first is a textbook, titled “Environmental Management: Practical Concepts and Skills”, co-authored with Marc Lame (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The second book is the result of his dissertation manuscript and is titled “Environmental Violence in the Earth System and the Human Niche”.