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Skidmore College
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Nurcan Atalan HelickeNurcan Atalan-Helicke

Associate Professor Environmental Studies and Sciences Program

Contact Information:
Office: Dana 192
Phone:  518-580-8372


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, Geography
  • M. A., Bilkent University, International Relations
  • B. A., Middle East Technical University, International Relations

Courses Taught at Skidmore

  • ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
  • ES 224 Political Ecology (civic engagement course)
  • ES 303 The Politics of Food
  • ES 307 Global Environmental Governance
  • ES 302 Environment and Development in the Middle East 

Research Interests

  • Conservation of agricultural biodiversity
  • Access to healthy food
  • Genetically engineered food and Islam
  • Critical pedagogies and sustainability


Collaborative Research

  • Eroglu, D. and N. Atalan-Helicke “Vulnerability and Marginalization of Snail Harvesting Rural Gypsy Families in Turkey”
  • Atalan-Helicke, N. and Hope Casto “Ethical, Environmental and Educational Concerns Related to Energy Backed STEM Education”
  • Atalan-Helicke, N. and A. Bueno*. “The question of young and immigrant farmer in Israel”
  • N. Atalan Helicke, J. Chang*, A. Durland, J. Inaba*, T. Johnson* "Service Learning as a Creative Pedagogy: Political Ecology and Urban Forests", poster presented at the Urban Forests and Political Ecology: Celebrating Transdisciplinary international conference. Toronto, Canada.  April 18-20, 2013.

* denotes student authors