Zach Schrank is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University South Bend. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2013. Zach's research focuses upon new economics, the cultural processes of consumption, viable local food economies and social movements that emphasize sustainability, and the pursuit of transparency and authenticity in producer/consumer relationships.
Mahesh Ananth is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Bowling Green State University. His active research interests include a book project in the philosophy of biology, the ethics of medical decision making, Aristotle's philosophy of biology and psychology, and issues in the philosophy of mind. His courses include: "Introudction to Ethics," Philosophy of Biology," "Bioethics," and ""Ancient Greek Philosophy." He joined the Department of Philosophy at IU South Bend in 2006.
Since arriving on the IU South Bend campus in the fall of 2007, Krista has been involved in sustainability research, writing, and projects both on campus and in the community. After working for years in the fields of community development and environmental education, she completed a Master's of Liberal Studies degree at IU South Bend. Her research focus is on sustainable urban food systems, which reflects her involvement in community gardens and food justice projects. She teaches sustainability studies at the introductory level, a 300-level course on sustainable food systems, and a course in development on civic engagement and sustainability.
Bill Feighery is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991. His research interests are in the area of organometallic chemistry. He teaches a Natural World course entitled "Chemistry and Our Environment" and, along with student researchers, has done soil testing for community gardens in South Bend. He joined the faculty at IU South Bend in 1993.
Jerry Hinnefeld is Professor of Physics and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame. His current research interests include experimental studies of nuclear reactions of astrophysical importance and reactions induced by exotic nuclei. He has taught courses dealing with energy and the environment at the introductory level and as a core seminar in the Master of Liberal Studies program. He joined the physics faculty at IU-South Bend in 1991.
Mike Keen is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in philosophy from Heidelberg College. His areas of specialization include sustainability studies, environment and society, urban society, classical and postmodern theory, qualitative research methods, and history of science and sociology. Professor Keen has received several awards including the North Central Sociological Association's Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award, the IU President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the IU South Bend Eldon Lundquist Award. He teaches Foundations of Sustainabilty and the Sustainabilty Practicum, and is currently doing research on sustainability and the social condition.
April Lidinsky is an Associate Professor in the Women’s Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include gender and 19th and 20th century popular culture, theories of autobiography, food culture, and environmental justice and activism. She currently teaches a course on Women and Sustainability, which includes visits from local environmental bloggers, pod-casters, and food activists. She joined the Women’s Studies Program at IU South Bend in 2004.
Deborah Marr is Associate Professor of Biology. She received her Ph.D. in Evolution and Plant Sciences from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1997, and did her postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University. She joined the Biology faculty at IU-South Bend in 2000. Professor Marr does research in the areas of Disease ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Plant reproductive ecology and evolution. She is currently serving as a Plant ecology associate editor for the American Midland Naturalist journal.
Professor Marr teaches courses in Introductory Biology, Ecology, Field biology, Environmental Biology, and has taught a Master of Liberal Science Seminar on Food, Science, and Society. She has received recognition for her teaching including a Trustees Teaching Award, and she is a member of FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching). She has been an active member of the IU-South Bend Recycling Committee since 2001, served as chair of the Sustainability campus committee in 2006-07, and was a co-coordinator with Scott Sernau for the Sustainable Communities Campus Theme in 2007-08. She serves as the advisor for the Environmental Justice League Club (EJL) and is coordinating the Hoosier Riverwatch program with EJL to monitor water quality of the St. Joseph River that runs through the IU South Bend campus.
Professor Marr is available for speaking engagements on the topics of developing and expanding recycling programs, incorporating native plants into landscaping, and a variety of environmental science topics, such as monitoring water quality and ecological effects of climate change.
Micheline Nilsen is Associate Professor of Art History in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2003 and joined the IU South Bend faculty in 2004. Her book, "Railways and the Western European Capitals: Studies of Implantation in London, Paris, Berlin, and Brussels" was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. Her research interests focus on the nineteenth century and include the study of forces that slowly change cities, the history of architectural photography, and allotment or community gardens. In addition to the Ancient Art History survey, she is teaching courses on Visual Literacy, History of Photography, Exploring the City, the History of Cities, and Vernacular Architecture, the last three with a sustainability component. She is working on curatorial projects with the Snite Museum Photograph Collection at the University of Notre Dame. Her research on allotment gardens has resulted in a passion for vegetable gardening.
Kristyn Quimby has been in the dental field for over 15 years beginning as a dental lab assistant. She graduated from IU South Bend in 2002 with an Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene, and recently obtained her Master in Liberal Studies degree from IUSB. She is currently the Program Director in Dental Education. Her mission for the program is to work towards sustainability. Because of her influence, reusable sterilization pouches which can be recycled have been purchased for the clinic, plastic barriers were eliminated, and cloth towels for drying instruments were implemented. Her ultimate and long term goal is to create an awareness in the dental community about the need for sustainable practices, both in dollars and cents, and in longevity of practice.
P.N. Saksena is Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor of Accounting. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Georgia State University. His research interests include triple bottom line accounting & management fraud. He is currently teaching "Consulting & Strategic Cost Management" and "Forensic Accounting." He joined the School of Business & Economics at IU South Bend in 1995.
Andrew Schnabel is Associate Professor of Evolution and Ecology and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.His research interests include the dynamics of interactions between plants and their insect pollinators, the genetics and evolutionary history of plant populations and species, and the ecology of restored plant communities.
He is a long-term member of the IU South Bend Committee on Recycling, which he chaired from 1995-2001.
Henry Scott, Associate Professor of Physics, is the coordinator for IU-South Bend's Environmental Studies minor. His research interests include whole-earth carbon cycling and deep planetary structure and composition while his teaching interests include geology of the national parks and meteorology. Personally, he has a strong interest in bicycling for transportation and is an active member in local cycling-advocacy groups.
Scott Sernau received his Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in international development from Cornell University. He is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University South Bend where he regularly teaches courses on social inequality, urban society, and global issues. He has developed courses on sustainable communities in Latin America as well as in the US, and has taught global issues aboard ship with Semester at Sea. He has won various campus and statewide teaching awards, including the Sylvia Bowman Award for distinguished teaching on American society, and serves on the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of several books including Economies of Exclusion: Underclass Poverty and Labor Market Change, Critical Choices: Applying Sociological Insight, Bound: Living in the Globalized World, Worlds Apart: Social Inequalities in a Global Economy, and Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace and Sustainability.
Matt Shockey is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, which he joined in 2007. He received his M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2004. His research and teaching interests range from the concept of subjectivity in modern thought to environmental and political philosophy. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI, where he gardens both at home and at a friend's farm.
Monica Maria Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor of History. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. An early member of the IU South Bend recycling committee, she teaches African American history, women’ history and HIST T190, the history of environmental movements. In 2002, Dr. Tetzlaff published Cultivating a New South: Abbie Holmes Christensen and the Politics of Race and Gender, 1852-1938, a biography of a woman suffragist and collector of African American folklore, who also promoted urban gardening, the preservation of wild birds, and the humane treatment of domestic animals. As the Historian for the Civil Rights Heritage Center, she is particularly interested in the Environmental Justice Movement and in promoting awareness of African Americans’ rights to enjoy wilderness recreation. Dr. Tetzlaff enjoys walking or bicycling to work and shopping for local produce at the South Bend Farmer’s Market.
Joshua J. Wells is Assistant Professor of Social Informatics. He holds a joint appointment in Anthropology and Informatics at IUSB, where he studies human-technology interactions that redefine sociocultural patterns and concepts of humanity. This includes research on both past and modern populations and often involves free and open source software (FOSS) and geographic information systems (GIS). In the modern world, Josh investigates the ways that new technologies affect governmental functions, business practices, and classroom organization. Josh’s archaeological research focuses on how Neolithic technologies functioned in complex political systems and economic networks in the American Midwest and Southeast almost 1000 years ago. He is also the current chair of the Digital Data Interest Group within the Society for American Archaeology, which serves the interests of over 1100 technocratic members of North America’s largest professional organization of archaeologists.
Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker is an Associate Professor of History with a specialty in modern German history and Gender Studies. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and is presently revising a book manuscript with the title, “Dueling Students in a Slowly Democratizing Germany: Masculinity, Conflict, and Politics within German Student Life 1890 to 1914.” She is particularly interested the impact of religious and ethnic prejudices, the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century, and sustainable practices in international, comparative perspective. She has been awarded fellowships by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD, the Leo Baeck Institute, the FLAS Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Simon Dubnow Institute, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Indiana University. She joined the faculty at IU-South Bend in 2005.