Drew (Richard) Marcantonio holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) (2016) and a BA in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Prior to beginning his graduate work at SPEA, Drew served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer and Foreign Military Advisor overseas. During his graduate studies at SPEA he led a research project in Zambia, working with smallholder farmers to understand local perceptions of, and responses to, water scarcity. Drew is currently pursuing a dual-PhD in Peace Studies and Anthropology at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Anthropology Department at the University of Notre Dame. His current research is centered on developing a concept of environmental violence, specifically investigating human responses to disruptive environmental change and the relationship between conflict and the impacts of environmental change. As part of this project, Drew is currently conducting field research in Northern Province, Sierra Leone, where communities along the Pampana River are experiencing disruptive environmental change from upstream gold mining operations that are polluting the river they use and rely on for their everyday needs and practices.

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Thematic Interests

My research interests are centered on a concept of environmental violence that I am working to develop. This concept recognizes human-driven environmental disruptions that come from point and non-point sources and that are leading to significant restrictions on the ability for humans to realize their physical and mental potential (to steal from Galtung). I am conducting this work primarily in international contexts but also domestically, all with a special interest in the most marginalized populations.

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow (2019-2021)
  • Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellow (2016-2021)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (2018)
  • Mullen Family Fellow (2017)
  • Pat Tillman Foundation Fellow (2015-2016)
  • Scott Chilcote Fellow (2015)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2013)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2 nd Award (2012)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat ‘V’ for valor (2011)