Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 110



  • B.A., Occidental College, 2000
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENST 311 Environmental Activism
This course explores how a range of actors engage in activism to contest environmental harm. Through in depth analysis of activism, the opportunities and challenges associated with environmental protest are reviewed. Course material and exercises encourage students to explore how narratives of environmental protest reflect and respond to how people use and experience natural resources, and how cultural norms and expectations provide particular terrains to encourage or discourage environmental activism. Drawing from national and international examples, diverse means and methods of environmental activism are reviewed including: blogs, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), online petitions, litigation, street rallies, and shareholder activism.

ENST 311 Environment and Society
Margaret Mead famously warned, "we won't have a society if we destroy the environment". This course aims to understand how society is intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. The class serves as a gateway for students to gain qualitative skills necessary to analyze social and environmental issues through problem identification, assessment of challenges, solution review, and the formation of an argument based on evidence. These skills will be learned through analysis of the human implications of contemporary environmental challenges including: climate change, hydraulic fracturing, and food justice.

Spring 2015

ENST 311 Energy Justice
Cross-listed with INST 290-03.

ENST 406 Sustainable Resource
A keystone seminar designed to integrate and apply students' past coursework, internships, and other educational experiences, and to provide a basis for future professional and academic endeavors. The course format varies depending on faculty and student interests, and scholarly concerns in the field. Course components may include developing written and oral presentations, reading and discussing primary literature, and defining and performing individual or group research. Students in this course will be particularly responsible for acquiring and disseminating knowledge. This course is not equivalent to an independent study or independent research course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Normally offered in Spring semester.