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Pamela McElwee, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Cook Office Building, Room 215

Biography: Pamela McElwee is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For the past 15 years her research interests have concerned human adaptation to global environmental change, broadly defined, with particular expertise in biodiversity conservation and climate change in Asia. Her work focuses on how individuals and households respond to changes in the physical environment, and how their responses are shaped by external policies, markets and other constraints. Most of McElwee's research combines qualitative and quantitative household-level social analysis of environmental decision-making and resource use, with most of her fieldwork focusing on Vietnam. Prior to joining Rutgers, McElwee was an assistant professor of Global Studies at Arizona State University. She has also worked in the White House, US Senate, and US EPA on environmental policy. McElwee earned her Ph.D. in Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Yale University in 2003. Graduate Faculty Affiliations: Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.