Stentor Benjamin Danielson
photo by Zach Christman
327 Advanced Technology and Science Hall
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
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.
- A study into how the quality of community involvement efforts and clean-up decisions at Superfund sites can be assessed. (with the Social and Environmental Research Institute, funded by a cooperative agreement with the US EPA)
PhD in Geography, advisors: Roger Kasperson and Colin Polsky
Bachelor of Arts, double major in Geography and Anthropology
University of Wollongong
Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
Classes taught: Discover Geography, World Regional Geography, Environmental Justice, Cultural Geography, Australia, Geography of Intolerance
Department of Social Sciences, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus (Tucson, AZ)
January 2008-May 2009
Classes taught: Cultural Geography Syllabus
School of Geography, Clark University (Worcester, MA)
Fall 2002, Fall 2005
Classes assisted: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Introduction to Weather, Climate, and Landforms
Social and Environmental Research Institute
September 2003-October 2007
Project: A study into how the quality of community involvement efforts and clean-up decisions at Superfund sites can be assessed.
Dayton Society of Natural History
June 2003-August 2003
Project: Excavations at Fort Ancient period site in Dayton, OH and reconstruction of village from same era at SunWatch Archaeological Park.
Professor of Geography Susan Hanson
January 2003-May 2003
Project: Research for Hanson, Susan. 2003. The weight of tradition, the springboard of tradition: Let's move beyond the 1990s. Urban Geography 24 (6): 465-478.
Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University
June 2001-May 2002
Project: Inventory verification in preparation for digital photographing of NAGPRA-sensitive items, and assist with week-long Oneida Workshop excavation at contact-era Oneida site.
Assistant Professor of Geography Lisa Benton
December 1999-May 2001
Project: Background research on World Heritage Sites.
Peer Reviewed Publications
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)
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)
"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. 2012. Overview of Human Geography. (Introductory human geography textbook)
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)
Frequent entries on debitage, a weblog about politics and environmental issues.
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