Dr. Crystal Fortwangler '93 has been named assistant professor of sustainability and environmental anthropology at Chatham University, one of the first faculty to be hired into Chatham's new program.
Dr. Fortwangler is currently working on a multi-year project in St. John, US Virgin Islands, exploring protected areas, human-land-livestock relations, and the ecological and socio-cultural changes resulting from the introduction of the green iguana. This summer, she will be joined by fellow alumna Jessica Bellas '93 on St. John to conduct further research into the impact of the green iguana
After graduating from Pitt-Johnstown in 1993 with her degree in political science (magna cum laude), Dr. Fortwangler earned an MA in international relations at the University of Chicago, and an MA in anthropology and PhD in anthropology and natural resources/environment from the University of Michigan. She was a Mellon post-doctoral scholar at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. as well as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College in Ohio.
While a student at Pitt-Johnstown, Dr. Fortwangler was the founding president of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and was also a member of Phi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.