Johns Hopkins Welcomes New Environmental Studies Program Director

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2013 — (PRNewswire) — As of July 1st, Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD has assumed the position of Program Director for Environmental Studies in the Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs. In this capacity WinklerPrins oversees a cluster of three programs, Environmental Sciences and Policy (MSc), Energy Policy and Climate (MSc), and GIS (Certificate and MSc). In her new role, WinklerPrins envisions a one of a kind Environmental Studies Program that will be known internationally. As she stated during an interview, "I hope to grow the program and to really think creatively how best to use what Hopkins is strong at and well-known for, and leverage that into programs that are exciting, cutting edge and dynamic, and can adjust to demand."

In addition to growing the existing environmental offerings at Johns Hopkins, WinklerPrins intends to integrate topics such as sustainable food and agricultural systems, environment and development, environmental management of the North American Great Lakes as well as the linkages between geospatial intelligence and environmental security into the programs. 

WinklerPrins holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her experience includes most recently serving as a Program Officer of the Geography and Spatial Sciences program at the National Science Foundation where she managed incoming proposals and decision-making regarding which proposals should be awarded.  While at NSF she was also involved in several agency-wide initiatives on environmental sustainability. WinklerPrins has also served on the faculty of the Department of Geography at Michigan State University, where she was also a part of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program. Her academic research has focused on sustainable livelihoods in urban and rural areas of the Brazilian Amazon and elsewhere, and has recently focused on anthropogenic soils in the Amazon. Some of her scholarly writing includes "Further Reflections on Amazonian Environmental History" (with anthropologist Hugh Raffles, read full article here which is about the human dimensions of environmental history in the Amazon region.  Another is a chapter about urban agriculture in Amazonia, "Urban House-Lot Gardens and Agrodiversity in Santarem, Para, Brazil: Spaces of Conservation that link Urban with Rural" which is available in a book entitled Globalization and the New Geographies of Conservation, edited by her PhD advisor K.S. Zimmerer.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division within Johns Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offering part-time graduate degree and certificate programs for adults seeking professional and personal enrichment. Classes are held in three locations:  Montgomery County Campus, Homewood Campus and in Washington, DC. In addition to onsite courses, AAP offers a large variety of online courses including a number of programs that are fully online. Visit for more information.

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