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KudvaNeema-255ctqwNeema Kudva Cornell coordinator of NFLC,is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the International Studies in Planning Program at Cornell University. Her major research interests and publications are in two areas: the institutional basis for equitable planning and development at the local level, nd understanding urbanization processes across the Global South, with a focus on smaller cities and towns where the bulk of the urban population lives and will continue to live in the future. She is currently completing a monograph The Ordinary and the Exceptional, which explores urban growth and planning in the small city region around Mangalore in Karnataka, India, and co-editing (with Faranak Miraftab of UIUC) Cities of the Gobal South, A Reader, which will be part of Routledge’s widely used City Reader Series. She directs units and research on how urbanization impacts biodiversity, particularly through the lens of waste and water management. Email:

StevWolfSteven-1463c8ren Wolf, is Associate Professor of Natural Resources. His main research interests are in environmental governance and political economy of land resources. He specializes in institutional analysis of conservation in agricultural and forested landscapes and the ways in which socioe
conomic and ecological claims relate to one another. Current projects include critical analysis of payments for ecosystem service schemes in agrienvironmental policy in the USA and China, strategies to reduce inorganic nitrogen fertilizer usage in order to advance water quality and climate change mitigation, and establishment of working forests that aim to balance livelihood and ecosystem service goals. Wolf directs curriculum and research projects on understanding and mapping governance systems in the areas where we will work. Email:

StoltzfusRebecca-1gkb8oeRebecca Stoltzfus is Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Director of the Program in International Nutrition. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Nutrition from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Goshen College. She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, Associate Editor of the Journal of Nutrition, president of the Society for International Nutrition Research, and is a Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. She is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition, and recently received the Kellogg Award of the American Society for Nutrition for excellence in international nutrition research. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of malnutrition in women and children in low-income countries, with research projects ongoing in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Peru, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Uganda. In addition to her research program, Stoltzfus directs Cornell’s Global Health program, which sends about 50 students abroad each year to engage in health-related work or research in low-income communities. She is currently serving Cornell as Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement. At the NFLC, she works to lead research that examines the effects of biodiversity loss on nutritional health. Email:

WillfordAndrew-1-1ae0ul5Andrew Willford is Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. His previous research focused on various forms of Tamil displacement, revivalism, and identity politics in Malaysia and South India. He has recently finished a book manuscript on the subject of Tamil plantation communities facing the uncertainties of retrenchment and relocation in Malaysia, entitled, Tamils and the Haunting of Justice: History and Recognition in Malaysia’s Plantations. More recently, he has started research on clinical neurology and psychiatry in North America and South Asia. His recent publications include Cage of Freedom: Tamil Identity and the Ethnic Fetish in Malaysia (University of Michigan Press, 2006), Clio/Anthropos: Exploring the Boundaries Between History and Anthropology (Stanford University Press, 2009), co-edited with Eric Tagliacozzo, and Spirited Politics: Religion and Public Life in Contemporary Southeast Asia, co-edited with Kenneth George (Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2005). Willford will lead curriculum and research projects that explore, ethnographically, the impact of biodiversity loss on traditional health and healing systems. Email:                                                                                     

lucindaLucinda Ramberg is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Cornell University.  She took degrees at Bryn Mawr College (AB), Union Theological Seminary (MA) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD). Her research projects in South India have roots in longstanding engagements with the politics of sexuality, gender and religion.  Her first book, Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion (Duke University Press 2014) focuses on sacred prostitution and its reform in Karnataka.  It was awarded four prizes.  Her current book project turns to the revival of Buddhism in South India and questions of religious conversion in relation to projects of social transformation, caste radicalism, and sexual politics. At NFLC, Ramberg will lead curriculum and research projects that explore biodiversity in relation to gender, medicine and thresholds of life—birth and death. 

dns-clickShubh Swain is Research Coordinator in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. He holds an MPhil and a PhD in Demography from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. He has managed and led many policy influencing research projects related to Gender and Public health in India since 2008. Prior to joining Cornell, he was working with the India country offices of the Population Council and the Family Health International (FHI 360). Within the NFLC, Shubh will be leading the curriculum on Research Methods, mentoring students in their research projects and strengthening program planning, administration, and assessment.


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