Advancement of Public Action Faculty
David Bond teaches on the environment and public action. Trained as an anthropologist, Bond studies oil spills and their imprint on environmental science and governance. His work shows how toxic disruptions can fix vital relations with new forms of knowledge and care.
Brian Campion facilitates all programs and initiatives connected to state and federal policy; he also serves as a Vermont State Senator.
Noah Coburn is a political anthropologist who focuses on Afghanistan and South Asia, studying violence, governance, and how people negotiate the overlap of politics, power, and culture.
An award-winning teacher, Ronald Cohen focuses his research in social psychology on issues of justice and silence, and takes his practice into the community with his work on reparative justice.
Annabel Davis-Goff is a novelist, screenwriter, essayist, social justice advocate, and a driving force behind Bennington College’s Incarceration in America and Prison Education Initiatives.
Elena Demyanenko was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, which premiered original choreography at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, and other venues. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions and a Jerome Robbins Fellowship.
Judith Enck is a senior advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. She will work with Bennington students to tackle the giant emerging issue of our time: plastic pollution.
Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of the internationally acclaimed A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture and four volumes of literary translation, many essays, fiction, and criticism.
John Hultgren's work explores the theoretical and ideological foundations of environmental political struggles.
Yoko Inoue’s multidisciplinary art practice anthropologically examines complex relationships between people and objects, the commodification of culture, and the assimilation and transformation of cultural meaning and values. Using ceramic medium she explores the socio-political and economic implication of products and globalization.
Jon Isherwood is a sculptor who has pioneered high-tech CNC technologies, led international projects, and designed opportunities to investigate the sites where the intellectual and physical become visually entangled.
Jonathan Pitcher is a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history whose research interests exceed any one discipline: identity, exile, film, politics, travel, art, architectural ideology, puppetry, and the aftermath of the Boom, to name a few.
Prazak teaches anthropology and African studies, specializing in economic development and cultural change in East Africa, using multidisciplinary research strategies to address globalization, inequality, culturally-based ways of knowing, gender-based violence, and politics of the body.
Robert Ransick draws inspiration from the social and political world we live in, history, and the potential for a future that is better.
Eileen Scully is an award-winning scholar of American diplomacy and international history. Her recent work explores historical understandings of human trafficking and international customary law on the coming, going, and staying of destitute, physically disabled migrants.
Susan Sgorbati, the director of the Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action, is a professional mediator and educator whose creative research has led to collaboration across disciplines ranging from dance improvisation to biology to visual arts, as both an artist and a driver of social change.
Rotimi Suberu’s research on Nigerian government and politics and international relations have prompted invitations to consult for the Nigerian government, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Forum of Federations.
Tatiana Abatemarco is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator who works in environmental humanities and sustainable food systems. She uses an ecofeminist frame to explore grassroots, holistic approaches to food justice.
Rabbi Michael Cohen, a longtime environmental activist, has written extensively on the impact of ecological issues on the Middle East peace process.
Charles Crowell is a financial economist and entrepreneur interested in the field of social entrepreneurship and community regeneration.
Alisa Del Tufo's career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism with the goal of ending violence in the lives of women and girls addressing racism and other deep social challenges. She has founded three organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT, and Threshold Collaborative.
Ben Hall ’04 is a chef/activist/artist based in Detroit. Hall’s work revolves around the forms community takes. Particularly at the Russell Street Deli, a 30-year-old heritage restaurant in Detroit’s "Eastern Market", which Hall owns and operates as a long-term sited project dealing with labor structures, how capital routes itself, and hierarchical power structures.
David Zicarelli ’83, is a software designer and entrepreneur practicing in the area of artistic and organizational creativity.
Instructors and Technicians
Kenneth Bailey's work focuses on public-making: inviting artists, academics and activists to imagine new public infrastructures, habits and atmospheres as a strategy for social change.
Aaron Landsman makes live performances and other events, at the intersection of art and community organizing. His work has been presented extensively in New York, in several US cities, and internationally in Norway, Serbia, Morocco and the UK.
Caroline Woolard makes objects and systems at the intersection of art, technology, and the economy.
Media and participatory practice artist Marina Zurkow connects people to entrenched nature-culture tensions and environmental messes, offering humor and new ways of knowing, connecting, and feeling.