Eve Bratman is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Earth & Environment at Franklin & Marshall College. She is author of an award winning book, Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon.
In addition to her scholarly publications, which include over fifteen scholarly articles and book chapters, She is the former Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Lancaster, PA (2018-2021), and co-founder and a core organizer of the Lancaster Compost Co-Ops. As a political ecologist, her research draws upon geography, anthropology, and history to explore how national and international sustainable development plans meet practice in people’s lives. Her research is grounded in local and regional histories in order to explore how power disparities affect land management and infrastructure developments, and I am especially interested in how differences across race, class, gender, and political power inform resource access and control, whether it be in the Brazilian Amazon or closer to home, in local development decisions.
Governing the Rainforest won the Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize of the American Political Science Association’s Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Section in 2020. The book is based on ten years of research concerning the links between development policies, infrastructure, conservation, and human rights in Brazil.
In addition to her research on sustainable development politics, her interests also include food systems, bicycling and inequality, and a book in progress about the politics of pollinator protection, which originated out of her experiences in beekeeping. Recent publications can be found in Development and Change, Antipode, Conservation and Society, People and Nature, Journal of Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Human Ecology, International Environmental Agreements, and Third World Quarterly, among others.
Bratman was a Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium 2021 Sustainability Champion and received the 2016 Green Teacher of the Year award at American University, where she previously taught. She was also awarded AU’s School of International Service (SIS) Outstanding Teaching award as a Term Faculty Member in 2015. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil in 2007. Eve Bratman holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (’09), a Certificate in Human Rights from the Washington College of Law, and graduated with highest honors from Oberlin College.
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