PitE Club

Building Environmental Awareness and Relationships

J.T. (James) Erbaugh

J.T. (James) Erbaugh
jerbaugh@umich.edu

As a doctoral student, I focus on how international environmental governance is translated into an Indonesian context and with what consequences for forest communities and forest cover. I am advised by Arun Agrawal, and I am affiliated with the International Forest Resources and Institutions research network.

Before I came to Ann Arbor, I studied Geography at the University of Oxford for my Master’s degree, writing my thesis and conducting field work on agro-forestry in Central Java, Indonesia. I first became interested in Indonesian forestry and forest policy when I lived there as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Grantee from 2010 to 2011. During this time I lived and taught at a vocational farm school in rural Central Java. While I taught conversational English and American culture in Indonesia, I previously taught 8th grade science (general) on the Navajo Nation through Teach For America, from 2008-2010.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and in Environmental Principles and Practices at Miami University (OH), and during this time completed a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course (Absaroka, WY) and studied abroad at the University of Oxford.

If you have any interest in discussing post-graduate opportunities like Teach For America or the Fulbright Program; if you are interested in international travel and/or research; or if you want to chat about backpacking, NOLS, or anything else, definitely reach out. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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