A number of faculty are engaged in sustainability research (based on STARS v2.2).

Sustainability research is research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals illustrate the breadth of sustainability and major sustainability challenges.

This list is meant to serve as a guide for students interested in doing sustainability research while at Elon. It is organized by academic department, based on data collected in spring 2023 through an online form completed by faculty and considers research in the following academic years: 2022-2023, 2021-2022 and 2020-2021. This may not be an all inclusive list. Please let us know if someone should be added to the list.


Hani Tadros


Samantha DiRosa


David Vandermast

Jessica Merricks

Linda Niedziela

Brant Touchette

Mike Kingston


Anthony Rizzuto

Jen Dabrowski

Justin Clar





Cinema & Television Arts

Doug Kass

Communication Design

Brian Walsh ‡

Computer Science

Elizabeth von Briesen

Ryan Mattfeld




Brooks Depro ‡

Steve DeLoach


Education & Wellness

Katie Baker

Scott Morrison



Bethany Brinkman

Jonathan Su

Will Pluer



Cassie Kircher


Environmental Studies

Amanda Chunco

Kelsey Bitting




Adam Aiken ‡

Drew Peabody

Raj Gupta ‡


History & Geography

Honglin Xiao



Caroleen Dineen


Management & Entrepreneurship

Brittany Mercado

Christy Benson

Elena Kennedy

Rosey Bao


Marketing & International Business

Carri Reisdorf

Chris Nelson

Mathematics & Statistics

Mark Weaver
Nicholas Bussberg

Political Science & Policy Studies

Aaron Sparks


Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler

Religious Studies

Geoffrey Claussen

Rebecca Todd Peters


Sociology & Anthropology

Rissa Trachman



Sport Management

Young Do Kim

Strategic Communications

Barbara Gaither

‡ Indicates a faculty member who teaches in one of the graduate programs, in addition to undergraduate teaching.

Learn more about each faculty member listed above

Sustainability Research Grants are available on a competitive basis for students who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research related to sustainability.