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Richard Alley

Earth Science

RichardAlley

Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Glaciology
  • Polar Melting
  • Climate Change
Karen Bierman

Health & Medicine

KarenBierman

Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies,
Director, Child Study Center

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Human Development
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
Ray Block

Civil Rights

RayBlock

Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Focus Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Diversity
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior
Seth Blumsack

Sustainability & Environment

SethBlumsack

Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs,
Director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy

Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Energy
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Electric Power and Natural Gas
Maciej Boni

Health & Medicine

MaciejBoni

Associate Professor of Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Global Health
  • Drug Resistance
  • Agriculture
  • Vector-borne Diseases
Sean Brennan

Engineering & Technology

SeanBrennan

Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) Affiliate Researcher

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Transportation
  • Autonomous Vehicles
Forrest Briscoe

Business

ForrestBriscoe

Professor of Management and Organization,
Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Management and Organization
Martin Bucknavage

Agriculture

MartinBucknavage

Senior Food Safety Extension Associate

College of Agricultural Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
Jeffrey Catchmark

Sustainability & Environment

JeffreyCatchmark

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,
Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute

College of Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Biomedical Materials Engineering
  • Packaging Materials Engineering
  • Food Materials Engineering
  • Nanomaterials Engineering
  • Biological Materials Engineering
  • Politics & Policy
  • Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Ethics Education
Douglas M. Charles

Social Sciences

Douglas M.Charles

Professor of History

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • History
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
Sarah Damaske

Social Sciences

SarahDamaske

Associate Professor of Sociology, Labor & Employment Relations, and Women's Studies,
Research Associate, Population Research Institute

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • Gender Beliefs and Family Transitions
  • Family and Work Demands
Felecia Davis

Sustainability & Environment

FeleciaDavis

Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture ,
Carey Memorial Early Career Professor in the Arts,
Director of SOFTLAB@PSU

College of Arts and Architecture

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Solar Fabrics
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Sustainable Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Science
Jenni Evans

Earth Science

JenniEvans

Professor of Meteorology,
Director for the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Hurricanes
  • Extreme Weather
  • Climate Change
Matthew Ferrari

Health & Medicine

MatthewFerrari

Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics,
Associate Professor of Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Health Policy
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Vector-borne Diseases
Kevin Furlong

Earth Science

KevinFurlong

Professor of Geosciences

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Earthquakes
Fariborz Ghadar

Business

FariborzGhadar

William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning,
Founding Director, Center for Global Business Studies

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • Economic Development
  • International Business
  • Globalization
  • Global Tectonics
  • Future Business Trends
Stephan Goetz

Social Sciences

StephanGoetz

Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics,
Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Law and Policy
  • Business
  • Economic Development
Dermot Groome

Law and Policy

DermotGroome

Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Dickinson Law

Focus Areas

  • Law and Policy
  • International Criminal Law
Christina Grozinger

Health & Medicine

ChristinaGrozinger

Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology,
Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Insect Biodiversity Center,
Associate Director for Research, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science

Entomology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Pollinators
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Pollinator Physiology
  • Pollinator Behavior
Terrence Guay

Business

TerrenceGuay

Clinical Professor of International Business

Smeal College of Business

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • International Business
  • Globalization
Nichola Gutgold

Politics & Policy

NicholaGutgold

Professor of Communcation Art & Sciences

Communications Art & Sciences, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Voting Behavior
  • Women in Politics
Simon  Haeder

Health & Medicine

Simon Haeder

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Research to Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Law and Policy
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Politics & Policy
Marie Hardin

Journalism & Media

MarieHardin

Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications,
Professor of Journalism

Focus Areas

  • Journalism & Media
  • Sports Ethics
  • Women in Media
  • Civil Rights
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Diversity
  • Education
Bernice Hausman

Health & Medicine

BerniceHausman

Professor and Chair, Department of Humanities,
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Health Policy
John Hayes

Health & Medicine

JohnHayes

Associate Professor of Food Science,
Director, Sensory Evaluation Center

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
Peter Hudson

Health & Medicine

PeterHudson

Willaman Professor of Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
David Hughes

Sustainability & Environment

DavidHughes

Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Biology

Social Sciences

Barry W. Ickes

Professor of Economics,
Head of the Department of Economics

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
Joshua  Inwood

Social Sciences

Joshua Inwood

Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • History
  • Civil Rights
  • Racism
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Politics & Policy
  • Politics
  • Ethics Education
Dennis Jett

Politics & Policy

DennisJett

Professor of International Affairs

School of International Affairs

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • International Affairs
  • Foreign Aid Administration
  • American Foreign Policy
Kathleen Keller

Health & Medicine

KathleenKeller

Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Nutritional Sciences
David Kennedy

Health & Medicine

DavidKennedy

Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
Kevin Kinser

Education

KevinKinser

Professor of Education,
Department Head of Education Policy Studies

Focus Areas

  • Education
  • Education Policy
Suresh Kuchipudi

Health & Medicine

SureshKuchipudi

Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases,
Associate Director, Animal Diagnostic Lab,
Clinical Professor and Head of Microbiology Section

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Health Policy
  • Global Health
  • Agriculture
  • Zoonotic and Emerging Viruses
Lee Kump

Sustainability & Environment

LeeKump

Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences,
Professor of Geosciences

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Climate and National Security
  • Climate Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Energy Use and Carbon Emissions Education
  • Energy
  • Biofuels
Flynt Leverett

Politics & Policy

FlyntLeverett

Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Congress
  • International Affairs
  • Middle East
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
Bruce Logan

Sustainability & Environment

BruceLogan

Associate Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment,
Evan Pugh University Professor and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy Use and Carbon Emissions Education
  • Wastewater Treatment
Sally Mackenzie

Sustainability & Environment

SallyMackenzie

Lloyd and Dottie Huck Chair for Functional Genomics,
Professor for Biology and Plant Science

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Plant Biology
  • Agriculture
Daniel Mallinson

Politics & Policy

DanielMallinson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration

School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics
  • Politics
  • Drug Policy
John Mauro

Engineering & Technology

JohnMauro

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Engineering Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program,
Associate Head for Graduate Education, Materials Science and Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Glass
Patrick McDaniel

Engineering & Technology

PatrickMcDaniel

William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology,
Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research

College of Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Law and Policy
  • Technology Policy
  • Telecommunications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Election Hacking
  • Privacy
Elizabeth McGraw

Health & Medicine

ElizabethMcGraw

Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Immunology
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Vector-borne Diseases
  • Mosquitoes
Susan McHale

Health & Medicine

SusanMcHale

Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies,
Director for the Social Science Research Institute,
Associate Director for the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Family Gender Dynamics
  • Sibling Relationships
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
Sascha Meinrath

Civil Rights

SaschaMeinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications,
Director of the X-Lab

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Focus Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Policy
  • Technology Policy
  • Telecommunications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Election Hacking
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance
  • Artificial Intelligence
Vijaykrishnan Narayanan

Engineering & Technology

VijaykrishnanNarayanan

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Design Automation
Michael  Nelson

Law and Policy

Michael Nelson

Associate Professor of Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Pennsylvania Politics
  • Politics
Jennie Noll

Health & Medicine

JennieNoll

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies,
Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Human Development
  • Research to Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
  • Population Research
Mary Beth Oliver

Journalism & Media

Mary BethOliver

Co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory

Focus Areas

  • Journalism & Media
  • Emotional and Cognitive Effects of Media
  • Media Violence
Ali A. Olomi

Politics & Policy

Ali A.Olomi

Assistant Professor of History

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • Middle East
Bing  Pan

Business

Bing Pan

Associate Professor of Commercial Recreation and Tourism

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • Park and Tourism Management
  • Data Analytics
Catharine Paules

Health & Medicine

CatharinePaules

Infectious disease physician

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
James Piazza

Politics & Policy

JamesPiazza

Professor of Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • American Foreign Policy
Shashank Priya

Sustainability & Environment

ShashankPriya

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering ,
Associate Vice President for Research

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Biological Materials Engineering
Dara Purvis

Law and Policy

DaraPurvis

Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships for Penn State Law,
Professor of Law

Penn State Law

Focus Areas

  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy
Christopher Rahn

Sustainability & Environment

ChristopherRahn

Co-director of Penn State’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Technology
Jason Rasgon

Health & Medicine

JasonRasgon

Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Hurricanes
  • Climate Change
  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • Vector-borne Diseases
  • Mosquitoes
  • CRISPR
Andrew Read

Health & Medicine

AndrewRead

Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences,
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Genetics
  • Drug Resistance
Tom Richard

Sustainability & Environment

TomRichard

Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy
  • Biofuels
  • Agriculture
Yvette Richardson

Earth Science

YvetteRichardson

Professor of Meteorology

EMS

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Extreme Weather
  • Tornadoes
  • Weather Risk
Robert Roberts

Health & Medicine

RobertRoberts

Professor of Food Science,
Head, Department of Food Science

Agricultural Sciences

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
Joyce Sakamoto

Agriculture

JoyceSakamoto

Assistant Research Professor

Focus Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
Alexis  Santos

Social Sciences

Alexis Santos

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • Economics
Dennis Scanlon

Health & Medicine

DennisScanlon

Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Health Policy
Steven Schiff

Health & Medicine

StevenSchiff

Director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering,
Harvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Physics,
Professor of Neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Neural Engineering
  • Infectious Disease
Brett Scofield

Health & Medicine

BrettScofield

Executive Director, The Center for Collegiate Mental Health,
Co-Interim Senior Director, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Collegiate Mental Health
  • Social Sciences
  • Family Dynamics
  • Communication
Amit Sharma

Health & Medicine

AmitSharma

Director of the Food Decisions Research Laboratory

HHD

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Business
  • Consumer Behavior
Katriona Shea

Health & Medicine

KatrionaShea

Professor of Biology and Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences,
Faculty member in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Climate Change
  • Health & Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Global Health
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
  • Social Sciences
  • Population Research
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
Erica Smithwick

Sustainability & Environment

EricaSmithwick

Distinguished Professor of Geography,
Director of the Center for Landscape Dynamics,
Associate Director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Department of Geography

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Wildfires
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
Robert Speel

Politics & Policy

RobertSpeel

Associate Professor of Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • American Presidency
  • Politics
  • Elections
  • Voting Behavior
  • Congress
  • International Affairs
S. Shyam Sundar

Social Sciences

S. ShyamSundar

James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects,
Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Communication
  • Journalism & Media
  • Emotional and Cognitive Effects of Media
  • Telecommunications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Media Technologies
  • Psychological Effects of Digital Media Technologies
  • Interactive Media
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Media
  • Customized and Personalized Media
  • Online Credibility
  • Online Privacy
  • Fake News
  • Virtual Assistants
Lena  Surzhko-Harned

Politics & Policy

Lena Surzhko-Harned

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • Politics
Moriah Szpara

Health & Medicine

MoriahSzpara

Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Focus Areas

  • Health & Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Neurobiology
B. Derrick Taff

Sustainability & Environment

B. DerrickTaff

Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Business
  • Park and Tourism Management
Alan Taylor

Sustainability & Environment

AlanTaylor

Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab

EMS

Focus Areas

  • Earth Science
  • Wildfires
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Ecology
Steve Tracey

Business

SteveTracey

Executive Director for Center Supply Chain Research and Penn State Executive Programs,
Professor of Practice in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems

Focus Areas

  • Business
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems
Jennifer Van Hook

Social Sciences

JenniferVan Hook

Sociology and Demography, The College of the Liberal Arts

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Demography
  • Population Research
  • Politics & Policy
Bradford Vivian

Politics & Policy

BradfordVivian

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences,
Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation in Penn State's McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Communications Arts and Sciences, The College of the Liberal Arts

Focus Areas

  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Ethics Education
  • Historical Commemoration
Shoba Wadhia

Civil Rights

ShobaWadhia

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar,
Clinical Professor of Law,
Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Focus Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Racism
  • Diversity
  • Law and Policy
  • Immigration Law
  • Education
  • Politics & Policy
  • American Politics
  • International Affairs
Lacey Wallace

Social Sciences

LaceyWallace

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice, Penn State Altoona

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Law and Policy
  • Gun Control

Social Sciences

CatherineWanner

Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies

Focus Areas

  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Politics & Policy
  • International Affairs
Karen Winterich

Sustainability & Environment

KarenWinterich

Professor of Marketing,
Frank and Mary Smeal Research Fellow

Smeal

Focus Areas

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
Jason Wright

Astronomy & Astrophysics

JasonWright

Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Focus Areas

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Exoplants
  • Space
  • Stars
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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