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Carpenter, Stefan (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology & Environmental Studies
Office: MOD2 0008
Phone: 239-745-4682

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Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed., Boston University
B.A. History, Amherst College

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Carpenter has a background in environmental policy, public policy, political science, and law. His research focuses on community-based governance of natural resources, with a particular emphasis on wildlife management and human-wildlife conflict. Dr. Carpenter is also interested in the role of public awareness and salience on the formation and development of environmental policy. His teaching interests involve teaching resource governance and environmental law and policy and policy.

Courses Offered

Current Topics in Environmental Studies
Environmental Law & Policy
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Regional Environmental Studies
Wildlife Policy and Management


Recent Publications
  • Carpenter, Stefan. 2019. "A Cross-National Comparison of the Efficacy of Community-Based and National Governance Approaches on the Protection of the African Elephant." Journal of Environmental Management 231.
  • Carpenter, Stefan & David Konisky. 2017. "The Killing of Cecil the Lion as an Impetus for Policy Change." Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation. 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0030605317001259.
  • Carpenter, Stefan, Elizabeth Baldwin, & Dan Cole. 2017. "A Polycentric Turn: A Case Study of Kenya's Evolving Legal Regime for Irrigation Waters.: Natural Resources Journal 57(1): 101-138.
  • Dell'Angelo, Jampel, Paul F. McCord, Drew Gower, Stefan Carpenter, Kelly Caylor, & Tom P. Evans. "Community-Based Water Governance and Institutional Design Principles: Lessons Learnt from Community Water Projects on Mount Kenya." Mountain Research and Development 36(1): 102-115.