Faculty Profile

Geography Faculty

Laura Stroup, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Economics and Geography
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Ph.D., Geography , University of South Carolina, Columbia
M.S., Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College

Areas of Expertise:

Water Resources, Physical/Environmental Geography, Environmental Policy

Courses I Teach:

  • ES 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ES 201 Environmental Research Methods
  • ES 310 Environmental Hazards
  • ES 401 Senior Seminar, Topic: Emerging Contaminants
  • GG102 Physical Geography (Intro to)
  • GG211 The Geography of Water

Journal Articles

M.H. Finewood and L.J. Stroup. 2012. "Fracking and the neoliberalization of the hydro-social cycle in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale." Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 147: 72-79.  

Stroup L.J. 2011. "Adaptation of U.S. Water Management to Climate and Environmental Change." The Professional Geographer  November 2011 63(4):1-15.

Stroup, L.J. and M.H. Finewood. 2011. "The Hybrid AMPE Approach: Towards More Effective Environmental Management." Society & Natural Resources 24(1):85-94.


Lackstrom, K. and L.J. Stroup. 2009. "Using a Local Greenway to Study the River Environment and Urban Landscape." The Journal of Geography 108:78–89.

  • Water Resource Specialty Group of the Association of the American Geographers (AAG), Director  2011- 2013
  • Stephanie Goodbread Advisor Award in recognition of the outstanding advising of Melissa Rowell, Texas State Honors Student, on her Honors Senior Thesis  2011
  • Texas State Quality Team Award in recognition of outstanding service to Texas State for the E-Waste Recycling Event  2009 
  • Water Resources Specialty Group  (AAG) Awards Committee Chair  2009-2011
  • Water Resources Specialty Group (AAG) Research Proposal Award, Ph.D. Level 2006                                                                                             
  • Water Resources Specialty Group (AAG) Student Representative 2004-2005
  • Water Resources Specialty Group Research Proposal Award, Masters Level  2003             
  • Phi Beta Kappa Inductee 2002   
  • Franklin & Marshall Environmental Studies Award  2002
  • Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society Inductee  2001
  • Franklin and Marshall Presidential Scholar  1998-2002

Life Off Campus:

I enjoy travel, hiking, river running (in rafts and canoes), cooking, reading all kinds of fiction and non-fiction, and spending time with my husband, Joe, young son, Weston, Yorkie Napolean, and my large cat Sydney.

Laura Stroup, assistant professor of environmental studies; Jeff Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College; and Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, Economics Department chair and human geography minor coordinator, have had the following paper accepted for publication: “Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the United States” in a Special Issue of American Review of Canadian Studies on the Place of Nature in Canadian Studies in the U.S.  The paper is slated for volume 45.3 (Fall 2015).

(posted April 2015)

Laura Stroup, assistant professor of environmental studies, brought 15 students, mostly environmental studies majors, from her class ES 201 (Environmental Problems) to the Vermont Statehouse for the first ever Climate Lobbying Day on February 26. They were hosted by a Vermont Law School Student, Alex Gilbert, who works in an organization known as Ideas for Policy. The theme of the climate Lobbying Day was Thermal Efficiency. The students learned about the environmental bill passage process in the State Legislature, obtained career information from Alex and other Ideas for Policy members, and talked state legislators about climate change and related concerns in Vermont.

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