Rebecca Watts Hull

Ph.D. Candidate

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Email Address:
rwattshull@gatech.edu
Office Location:
Old CE Bldg, G42
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Overview

Rebecca is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech. She is interested in the relationships between student activism and sustainability leadership on college campuses and broader social movements in the U.S. Her dissertation examines food justice and sustainability activism on college campuses in the U.S. Rebecca teaches two undergraduate courses at Georgia Tech: Social Movements and American Environmental History. Before returning to academia to pursue a PhD, she served as Executive Director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, a nonprofit partnership advocating clean air policies and smog safety in Georgia. Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked as a science and environmental education curriculum consultant on a number of projects including California’s Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), and she served as Curriculum Director for an independent school in Atlanta, designing an integrated science and social studies curriculum framework. Rebecca also has worked in environmental project management in East Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps and in Washington, DC with the World Wildlife Fund and other nonprofit organizations. She holds Master of Science degrees from Georgia Tech (History and Sociology of Technology & Science) and University of Michigan (Natural Resources & Environment) and a BA from Bucknell University. Rebecca lives in Decatur, Georgia with her spouse and two children.

Faculty Advisor:  Bill Winders
Education:
  • MS History and Sociology of Technology and Science, Georgia Tech, 2015
  • MS Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, 1995
  • BA Psychology (Environmental Science), Bucknell University, 1987
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • Most Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, HSOC, Georgia Tech, 2018
  • Tech to Teaching Certificate, Georgia Tech, 2017
  • Homer Rice Award for Leadership, Georgia Tech, 2015
  • Ivan Allen College Paper Competition Winner, Georgia Tech, 2015
  • Samuel Trask Dana Award, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Behavior & Environment Award, University of Michigan, 1995
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Advocacy
  • Organizational Change
  • Social Movements
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • University Leadership
Interests
Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Geographic
Focuses:
  • United States
Issues:
  • Environment
  • Community engagement
  • Environmental Performance
  • Food Systems
  • Institution-Building
  • Regulation
  • Social Movements
  • Sustainability
Courses
  • HTS-3005: Amer Environmental Hist
  • HTS-3068: Social Movements