Sonja K. Pieck

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

Hedge Hall, Room 113

Latin American Studies

Hedge Hall, Room 113


Ph.D., M.A., Clark; B.A., Bucknell

Sonja K. Pieck is a faculty member in the Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies Programs. Before coming to Bates, Professor Pieck was a post-doctoral fellow in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Chicago.

A geographer by training, Professor Pieck’s research highlights the material and discursive struggles over nature in both South America and Germany. In South America, she has been interested in indigenous movements, NGOs, and conflicts over environmental governance in the Amazon region. In Germany, Professor Pieck studies the environmental history and current politics of the former inner-German border. She has published in journals like Political GeographyGeoforumDevelopment and ChangeGlobal Networks, and others.

Professor Pieck’s courses examine environmental problems and politics from various social science perspectives. Her courses include: Environment and Society (ENVR 204), Environment, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples (ANES 242), Social Movements, NGOs, and the Environment (ENVR 337), Environmental Justice in the Americas (ENVR 350), Community-Engaged Research in Environmental Studies (ENVR 417), and Humanimal (FYS 366).