Abigail Jahiel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental and International Studies
Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Cornell University
Abigail R. Jahiel is Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Associate Professor of Environmental and International Studies. She teaches several ES courses including Environment and Society, American Environmental History, American Environmental Politics, Comparative Environmental Politics, and Globalization and the Environment, and she is the advisor for the Environmental Policy and International Environmental Sustainability Concentrations in the ES major. Dr. Jahiel is a political scientist by training, with expertise in comparative politics and Chinese politics. Her research has focused on environmental politics in reform China, including studies of the regulatory apparatus, implementation of industrial pollution policies, issues of environmental justice, emerging rural environmental problems, and the environmental implications of China's World Trade Organization membership. Dr. Jahiel is also very active in efforts to improve campus environmental sustainability and to introduce sustainability concepts throughout the curriculum. She co-chairs Illinois Wesleyan's GREENetwork and has written and presented papers on IWU's experience with efforts to "green" the campus.