College of Liberal Arts



Esther Wangari

Associate Professor


Office:   Liberal Arts, LA 3128
Phone:   410-704-2580


Esther Wangari

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 the author 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.








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