Ramirez, Ivan

Iván J. Ramírez
• PhD, Geography (Health and environment), Michigan State University
• MA, Climate and Society, Columbia University
• BA, Environmental Studies, Hunter College of CUNY
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health

My scholarly interests focus on the intersections of global health, environmental studies, geography, and social justice. In particular, I am interested in understanding how climate variability and change affect the vulnerability and health of populations, including the spread of infectious diseases, such as cholera and malaria. I also seek to understand why some sub-populations and places are more vulnerable or resilient to climate-related hazards. As a teacher and mentor, I develop strategies that foster interdisciplinary learning to bridge the natural and social sciences with humanities. I also encourage student engagement with local organizations and communities (e.g., promoting climate knowledge for sustainable development at high schools). Overall, I emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary thinking and efforts in research and teaching to address global environmental health problems.
Courses Taught:

• Urban Environmental Health

• Science Fellows

Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, 65 W. 11th Street, Room 054 (Basement)
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 ext. 2286


Personal Website:

Research Interests:
Climate change and public health; climate-sensitive diseases; El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and society; vulnerability analysis; development and environmental ethics; spatial-temporal modeling; geospatial technology for sustainable development; multidisciplinary education and capacity building; diversity in higher education; Latin America and the Pacific Rim.
Professional Affiliations:
• Association of American Geographers (AAG)
• Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (AAG)
• Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
• American Geophysical Union
• American Meteorological Society
• Human Development and Capabilities Association
• Public Health Association of New York City
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
• Ramírez, I.J., S. Grady, and M.H. Glantz, 2013: Reexamining El Niño and cholera in Peru: A Climate Affairs approach. Weather, Climate and Society. 5, 148–161. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00032.1.

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