Ph.D. Student Profile:Neil Kessler
Degree: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Description of Research
Environmental Problems, at their core, are problems of relationship. More specifically, modern human-nature relationships and prescriptions for change are rooted in human conceptions of what humans and nonhumans are like, and thus what is believed possible in the relationships between them. My dissertation centers around exploring the ontology of human-nature relationships and its impact on many things, such as resource management, but with a particular focus on experiential environmental studies at the undergraduate level.
Selected Presentations and Publications
- Kessler, Neil. 2012. “Chaos or Relationalism? A Pragmatist Metaphysical Foundation for Human-Nature Relationships.” The Trumpeter 28 (1): 43-74.
- Kessler, Neil. 2009. Review of A natural sense of wonder: Connecting kids with nature through the seasons, by Rick Van Noy. Journal of Experiential Education 32 (2) (11): 182-3
- Kessler, Neil. 2013. “The Ontology of Sustainability: Pitfalls and Promise.” Under Review.
- Kessler, Neil. 2013. “Experience and Environmental Studies: Paradigm Shifts in Environmental Pedagogy.” In Preparation.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of New Hampshire
M.S., University of Vermont - June, 1997
B. A., Lehigh University - June, 1989
Adjunct Instructor, University of New England
http://www.flickerinstitute.org. Education organization founded to deliver undergraduate level experiential environmental studies.