Esther Wangari, Associate Professor of Women's Studies joined Towson University in 1996. She was the recipient of the prestigious Henry Welcome Award from the Maryland Commission of Higher Education; and served as Director, Women's Studies Graduate Program from 1999-2005. In 2005, Dr. Wangari and her co-investigator received a National Science Foundation grant for research on Mining Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Tanzania.
Dr. Wangari is theauthor of two books: The Heritage Library of African Peoples: Ameru; and Co-edited and contributor to: Rocheleau, B. Thomas-Slayter and E. Wangari. 1996. Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issue sand Local Experiences. She is also an author or co-author of eighteen publications covering a wide range of issues such as, “Globalization in the Third World: Impact on Women's Land Rights and Education in Kenya"; “Reproductive Technology From A Third World Feminist Perspective”; “Lifespan Development Revisited: African-Centered Spirituality Throughout the Life Cycle”; “The Effects of Science and Development on Environment and Gender”.
Dr. Wangari has also reviewed a number of manuscripts and is currently co-authoring an article entitled “Wealth and Profits from Natural Resources”. She has a Ph.D. in International Economics and Political Economy from the New School for Social Research in New York, and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Clark University in Worcester. Her area of expertise in international research on economic development, environment and gender in both Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Wangari is an active participant in various organizations and a frequent presenter in national and international conferences.