Steven Davis, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Steven Davis is a Professor of Political Science in the Social Science Department and past director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches courses in American government, political theory, and environmental policy. His research has mostly focused on environmental groups, how democracy and environmentalism intersect, and the politics of federal and local public land management. Steve likes to hike and explore on public lands, bike around town, and tinker away in his garden. He also has taught each of his kids to be master tree identifiers.
Nikki Kime, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Nicole Kime teaches biology and environmental studies courses at Edgewood College. Nikki is past Chair of Environmental Studies, and currently a member of the Biological Sciences Department. Her expertise is in behavioral ecology, animal physiology, and animal communication. Most of her academic research has been on frogs and lizards from North and Central America, and she has recently taken a personal and professional interest in understanding and preserving/restoring our native plant communities. In her free-time, Nikki will run, ride, or ski and then eat good local food.
Tim Kuhman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Tim Kuhman teaches botany, ecology, and environmental biology at Edgewood College and is Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He is currently conducting research regarding the spread of non-native invasive plants in the Madison area, and he has strong interests in issues involving local foods and urban agriculture. His graduate research addressed the role of historical and contemporary land use in shaping patterns of non-native plant invasion in the Southern Appalachians. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, Tim was involved in a number of community-based conservation and local sustainability initiatives. Tim enjoys gardening, backpacking, riding bike, fly-fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with his kids.
John Leonard, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
John Leonard is Chair of the Religious Studies Department and teaches in several areas within Religious Studies, specializing in Spirituality, Liturgy, Catholic Studies, and Liberation Theologies. He works closely with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Dominican Mission Committee, the COR program and Environmental Studies in which he teaches a COR 1 course in Eco-Spirituality and a COR 2 year-long seminar in Living Sustainably. An organic gardener and accomplished chef, John integrates food, fitness, music and art in all his courses and departmental celebrations.
Carrie Vanderford Sanders, PhD
Carrie Vanderford Sanders is the Vice President of Community Lending for Forward Community Investments (FCI) -- a Community Development Financial Institution located in Madison, WI. FCI is dedicated to investing in, connecting and advising organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities in Wisconsin communities. Ms. Vanderford Sanders also leads FCI’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) consulting practice, assisting nonprofits in accessing the credit for the development of community facilities. At FCI, Ms. Vanderford Sanders has facilitated community development transactions including affordable housing projects, charter schools, community facilities, and workforce development initiatives. Prior to joining the FCI team, Ms. Vanderford Sanders was a senior consultant with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, focusing on rural and urban economic development programs and community development finance. Previously, she worked with the City of Kansas City, MO in their city planning and development finance divisions, both as a planner and as an analyst focused on underwriting the financial and community impact of City-supported economic development projects. In this role she developed the City’s NMTC program and led the effort to apply for and win its first allocation of $40 million. A Truman Scholar, Ms. Vanderford Sanders holds a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned undergraduate degrees in music and political science from William Jewell College. Outside of work, Ms. Vanderford Sanders enjoys being a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and serves as a Trustee for Nehemiah Community Development Corporation. Her current research interests include the impact of faith based organizations on poverty outcomes in distressed geographies and the application of the servant leadership model in strategic partnerships among CDFIs. Carrie is a frequent guest lecturer at Edgewood College, Viterbo University, and various statewide conferences focused on nonprofit sustainability and leadership, including FCI’s own five-part financial learning series in which more than 500 nonprofits have participated statewide.