Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro is the Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College, and Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice at Nuestras Raíces, Inc. in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has published widely on the intersections of environmental science and policy, with a focus on social and economic disparities and human rights. She is co-editor of the volume Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power and is completing a book titled Embodied Ecologies: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice. Embodied Ecologies focuses on di Chiro's concepts of "embodied" or "situated" environmental science and community-based environmental justice activism. Di Chiro is a member of an international research collaborative (headquartered at the Institute for Social Science, Erasmus University, The Hague) focusing on Social Justice, Globalisation and Sustainability, and currently works with local organizations in Philadephia and Chester, Pennsylvania, supporting community-based sustainable development and climate justice partnerships. At Swarthmore, her host department is Political Science, and her interdisciplinary courses are cross-listed through the departments of Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, English, as well as the Environmental Studies and Gender and Sexuality Programs. Di Chiro recently led a delegation of students to the International Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.
Professor, Di Chiro has taught the following courses while at Swarthmore College:
Political Science 43B: Environmental Justice: Theory and Action
Sociology & Anthropology 20M: Race, Gender and Environment
Environmental Studies 92B: Sustainable Community Action
NEW Giovanna will be continuing at the college in a three-year faculty position in Environmental Studies, following the completion this year of her appointment as the Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change.