Michelle Larkins, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Scott Hall 201

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then

ENV 121 | Our Global Environment
CIV 240 | Food for Thought & Action
ENV 141 | Permaculture Design Science
ENV 250 | Frameworks of Sustainability
ENV 390 | Community Engaged Research
ENV 475 | Internship
ENV 495 | Research

Michelle works across campuses to encourage a culture of sustainability within Pacific University and with communities. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of society and the environment, particularly food and environmental justice. Outside of the classroom, she works with faculty to bring a sustainability lens to a diverse array of courses at Pacific, with students and staff to dream big on sustainability and social justice, and engages with community members and partners for collective impact. Michelle earned her PhD in Community Sustainability, and MS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University where she was a Charles Stuart Mott Fellow in Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to joining Pacific she served for three years as a researcher for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (USAID), working on gender equity and food insecurity Malawi, Africa. She sits on the advisory board for CS Food Rescue, and the Fernhill Wetland Council. 

When she's not at Pacific, you'll find her in the garden, hiking with her two dogs, or on the water.