Debbie V.S. Kasper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
B.A., St. Norbert College, Sociology
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology; Doctoral Minor: Social Thought Program
Dr. Kasper is an environmental sociologist who teaches a wide array of courses at Hiram (including: Environmental Sociology, Permaculture, Transitions in Human Settlements, The Sociology of Food, and more). Her research currently involves two main themes: 1) developing a theoretical framework to guide environmental sociology and sustainability studies and 2) investigating the development of "normal" (that is, the perceptions and practices that guide everyday life)—its environmental impacts, and the processes by which it changes. She currently serves as faculty mentor to Hiram's SEED Scholars, directs the Environmental Studies TREE House initiative, and is co-editor of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) newsletter. Dr. Kasper is also thoroughly enjoying the process of establishing an edible forest garden at her family's home in Hiram, OH.
Selected Publications and Projects
2012. "When it Comes to Stuff, 'Just Say No' is Not Enough." Invited essay for the SSPP Blog: The Official Blog of Sustainability, Science, Practice, and Policy. July 3.
2012. Worked with two Hiram student summer interns on "A Permacultural Assessment and Design."
2012. "Advancing Sociology Through a Focus on Relational Processes." Chapter for Relational Sociology: From Project to Paradigm, edited by Christopher Powell and Francois Dépelteau. Forthcoming.
2009. "Ecological Habitus: Toward a Better Understanding of Socioecological Relations." Organization& Environment 22(3): 311-326.
2008. "Redefining Community in the Ecovillage." Human Ecology Review. 15:12-24.