Kendra McSweeney (Ph.D. McGill) is a Professor of Geography specializing in human-environment relations. She has received OSU's Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. She teaches courses on environmental studies, professionalization, Latin America, and research methodology. Her own research focuses on forest change and socio-ecological dynamics in Latin America. Her recent project on the links between U.S. drug policy, cocaine trafficking, and forest loss has been published in Science and PNAS and funded by the National Geographic Society, the Open Society Foundations, and NSF.