Faculty and Staff:
Associate Professor and Program Chair
Climate Change and Global Sustainability
PhD, University of Florida
MA, University of Florida
BA, University of North Carolina
Jonathan Richard Walz completed his PhD at the University of Florida as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow at the Center for African Studies. Funded by Fulbright-Hays, his doctoral research produced a history of human settlement and environmental change for the region between the Swahili Coast and the Eastern Arc Mountains of northeast Tanzania. Jonathan taught for three years in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at the University of Florida and for five years at a U.S. liberal arts college, where he won multiple teaching awards and funding for field research projects in anthropology and ecology. He serves as a Research Associate at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, a Panelist for the U.S. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Ecology, and an Expert Reviewer for reports by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jonathan’s expertise concerns the anthropology and historical ecology of eastern Africa, including long-term developments in human livelihoods, Africans’ uses of landscapes and seascapes, and environmental change. At SIT, Jonathan chairs the M.A. Program on Climate Change and Global Sustainability. He has conducted multiple research projects in Tanzania, Uganda, and India, and has contributed to book chapters, peer-reviewed journals, and many publications. At his intellectual core, Jonathan enjoys working with students and communities to address challenges at the human-environment interface in contemporary Africa and in antiquity.