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Rachel Stern

BA Candidate - Concentration: Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Minor: Peace and Conflict Studies

Born and raised in New York City, Rachel was drawn to Gallatin’s interdisciplinary classes and to being a part of a tight-knit academic community within the larger NYU campus. Her concentration has been shaped by classes such as Rosalind Fredericks’s “Environment and Development in Africa” and Peder Anker’s “History of Ecology and Environmentalism,” which have moved her towards a concentration that explores how humans relate to and shape their environment, as well how natural resources affect conflict and can be used for peace. Her course of study brings together political ecology, environmental justice, Indigenous theory and land rights, peace and conflict studies, and environmental history.

Rachel was a 2017 Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice in Oakland, California, where she researched climate resilience projects through the lens of environmental justice. She received a 2016 Gallatin Horn Family Environmental Studies Research Grant to look at urban greening projects in Berlin and a 2017 Horn Family grant to research the presence of Indigenous ideology in the Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. She has worked as a research assistant for Gallatin faculty members Peder Anker, Matthew Stanley, and Andy Romig.

Rachel is also an active member of the Urban Democracy Lab’s Student Advisory Board and the Gallatin Dean’s Team for Recruitment, and she traveled to Iceland in 2017-2018 through the Dean’s Honor Society. In 2018-2019, she will travel with the DHS to New Zealand.

Outside of Gallatin, Rachel has worked as the co-coordinator of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Peacebuilding program since April 2018. In this position, she has assisted with the growth and administration of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, worked on research projects, and helped to coordinate a team of volunteers. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career and further degrees in the fields of cultural geography and environmental and natural resource policy.

Rachel Stern