Stentor Benjamin Danielson


photo by Zach Christman

327 Advanced Technology and Science Hall
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

(724) 738-2564

stentor.danielson@sru.edu

Classes Taught

Spring 2014
Discover Geography (Syllabus)
Gender and the Environment (Syllabus)
World Environmental Thought (Syllabus)

Past
World Regional Geography (Syllabus)
Environmental Justice (Syllabus)
General Methods of Fieldwork (Syllabus)
Australia (Syllabus)
Cultural Geography (Syllabus)
Geography of Intolerance (Syllabus)

Current Research

Research Interests
Wildfire, pragmatism, environmental decision-making, public participation, environmental ethics and environmental justice, risk and hazards, political ecology, archaeology, feminist geography, Australia

Culture and Wildfire
This project began with my dissertation, "Discourses about Wildfire in New Jersey and New South Wales." This research is a comparative study of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and the outer suburbs of Sydney, Australia examining how different types of urban-wildland interface residents think about wildfire. It employed Q methodology and a mail survey to test the claims made by the Cultural Theory of risk about the content and origin of perspectives on environmental risks. Funded by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement grant.

Future research will build on the "detachment hypothesis" suggested by my dissertation, asking: Under what conditions do people develop coherent, detailed perspectives about issues, in this case wildfire risks? What are the implications of this detachment for participation in environmental management, either individually (e.g. clearing "defensible space" around one's home) or collectively (e.g. through participation in democratic planning processes)? What are the macro-scale geographic and political-economic factors that lie behind the development of the particular culture of wildfire management that is found in particular places?

Pragmatist Ethics and Decision-making Under Uncertainty

Jane Addams, John Dewey, and other thinkers in the pragmatist tradition developed a compelling theory of social ethics and human culture. This research extends their theories to cast light on environmental management, engaging with two of the prominent theories already established in this field: 1) deliberative democracy, and 2) the precautionary principle.

Past Projects

Education

Clark University
2002-2007
PhD in Geography, advisors: Roger Kasperson and Colin Polsky

Colgate University
1998-2002
Bachelor of Arts, double major in Geography and Anthropology

University of Wollongong
2000
Semester abroad

Teaching Experience

Teaching Philosophy

Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
August 2009-present
Assistant Professor

Department of Social Sciences, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus (Tucson, AZ)
January 2008-May 2009
Adjunct Professor
Classes taught: Cultural Geography Syllabus

School of Geography, Clark University (Worcester, MA)
Fall 2002, Fall 2005
Teaching Assistant
Classes assisted: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Introduction to Weather, Climate, and Landforms

Books

Danielson, Stentor. 2014. Overview of Human Geography. (Introductory human geography textbook)

Publications in Progress

Danielson, Stentor submitted. Many Versions of a Single Story: Wildfire Management in New Jersey. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor submitted. Participatory Approaches in Environmental Management.

Danielson, Stentor submitted. Q Method as Discourse Analysis: Three Cautionary Tales. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor sumbitted. A Limit of the Precautionary Principle: Protecting Australian Biodiversity Through Fire Management. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor sumbitted. Is Cultural Theory useful? A pragmatist application to wildfire risk. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor submitted. Who wants to participate? Public views of wildfire management in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor submitted. How the public thinks about bushfires in the Sydney suburbs. (PDF Available)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Brown, Steven R., Stentor Danielson, and Job van Exel. 2014. Overly ambitious critics and the Medici Effect: a reply to Kampen and Tamás Quality and Quantity, forthcoming. (a href="Medici.pdf">PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor, Seth P. Tiler, Susan Santos, Thomas Webler, and Caron Chess. 2012. Three Tools for Evaluating Participation: Focus Groups, Q Method, and Surveys. Environmental Practice 14 (2): 101-109. (PDF Available)

Danielson, Stentor and Philippe Boudes. 2011. Ecology. In Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide, ed. Julie Newman and Paul Robbins, pp. 150-154. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Danielson, Stentor. 2011. Utilitarianism. In Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide, ed. Julie Newman and Paul Robbins, pp. 425-427. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Danielson, Stentor, Thomas Webler, and Seth P. Tuler. 2010. Using Q Method for the Formative Evaluation of Public Participation Processes. Society and Natural Resources 23 (1): 92-96.

Danielson, Stentor 2009. Q Method and Surveys: Three Ways To Combine Q and R. Field Methods 21 (3): 219-237.

Danielson, Stentor 2009. Recognizing Common Ground: A Reply to Steven R. Brown. Field Methods 21 (3): 242-243.

Danielson, Stentor, Susan L. Santos, Thomas Webler, and Seth P. Tuler. 2008. Building and breaking a bridge of trust in a Superfund site remediation. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 8 (1/2): 45-60. (PDF Available)

Presentations

"Many Versions of a Single Story: Perspectives on Public Engagement with Wildfire Management in New Jersey. Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 10 April, Los Angeles, CA.

"Many Versions of a Single Story: Perspectives on Public Engagement with Wildfire Management in New Jersey. Presented at the 28th Annual Q Conference, 6 September, Pittsburgh, PA. (PPT Available)

"From 'Local Knowledge' to 'Local Ignorance': Age and Wildfire Management in the New Jersey Pine barrens." Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 24 February 2012, New York, NY. (PDF Available)

"Q method, Activists' Agendas, and Constructed Preferences: Epistemological Notes on Three Case Studies." Presented at the 26th Annual Q Conference, 9 October 2010, Akron, OH.

"Is FireWise Men's Work? The Construction of the Household in the Wildland-Urban Interface." Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 15 April 2010, Washington, DC. (PowerPoint Available)

"What Subjectivity, If Any, Is There to Study?" Lecture at Kent State University, 16 November 2009, Kent, OH. (PowerPoint Available)

"Public Viewpoints on Fire Management in New Jersey and New South Wales." Presented at the Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, 23 October 2007, Fort Collins, CO. (PowerPoint Available)

"A New Cultural Theory of Discourses About Fire in New Jersey and New South Wales." Dissertation Defense presentation, 6 September 2007, Worcester, MA. (PowerPoint Available)

"Discourses About Fire in New Jersey and New South Wales." Presented at the 3rd International Fire Ecology Congress, 14 November 2006, San Diego, CA. (PowerPoint Available)

"What Do People Think About Bushfires?" Seminar at the University of Wollongong, 2 August 2006, Wollongong, NSW. (PowerPoint Available)

"Discourses About Fire in New Jersey and New South Wales." Presented at the Bushfire 2006 conference, 7 June 2006, Brisbane QLD.

"Tools for Evaluating Community Involvement at Superfund Sites: A Comparative Analysis." Presented at the 25th Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, 6 December 2005, Orlando FL. (PDF Available)

"Social Capital as a Double-Edged Sword: Trust and Distrust at a Superfund Site." Presented at the 101st Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 9 April 2005, Denver CO.

"Geographic Ideas In Goddess Mythology." Presented at the Centennial Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 15 March 2004, Philadelphia PA.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Danielson, Stentor. 2013. Annotated Bibliography on Participatory Approaches in Environmental Management. (PDF Available)

Tuler, Seth P., Caron Chess, Susan Santos, Stentor Danielson, and Thomas Webler. 2008. Selecting the right tool for evaluations: Guidance for community involvement practitioners. EPA Network News, Winter 2008. (PDF Available)

Webler, Thomas, Stentor Danielson, and Seth P. Tuler. 2007. Guidance on the use of Q method for evaluation of public involevment programs at contaminated sites. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. (PDF Available)

Webler, Thomas, Stentor Danielson, and Seth P. Tuler. 2008. An academic primer on Q method. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. (PDF Available)

Santos, Susan L., Stentor Danielson, and Caron Chess. 2007. Guidance on the use of focus groups for evaluation of public involvement programs at contaminated sites. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute. (PDF Available)

Bush vs. Schwarzenegger: Political Economic Re-regulation and the 2003 Southern California Wildfires (PDF Available) (2003)

Ideology and Environmental Degradation in the Aral Sea Basin (High Honors Thesis in Geography) (PDF Available) (2002)

Oneida-Archaeologist Relations: A Utilitarian Perspective On Cooperation Between American Indians And Archaeologists (Honors Thesis in Sociology and Anthropology) (document in .pdf format) (2002)

Environmental Justice at the Palmerton Zinc Superfund Site, Palmerton PA (PDF Available) (2001)

Numerous opinion columns and news stories in The Colgate Maroon-News, National Geographic News, and The Scarlet.

Frequent entries on debitage, a weblog about politics and environmental issues.

Professional Memberships

Association of American Geographers

International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity

International Association of Wildland Fire

Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty

International Association for Society and Natural Resources