Ramya Swayamprakash

Assistant Professor of Integrative, Environmental, and Digital Studies

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (616) 331-8129

OFFICE: 107 Lake Ontario Hall

Tuesday/Thursday 12:00-2:00 p.m.
and by appointment

Prof. Ramya Swayamprakash


  • ENS 201: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • ENS 280: Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENS 300: Principles of Sustainability
  • INT 310: Creativity and Problem-Solving


  • PhD in History, Michigan State University
    • Dissertation: Freshwater Frontier: Island Making, Dredging, and Infrastructure in the Detroit River
  • Master of Urban Design with Distinction, Lawrence Technological University
    • Thesis: Border as Infrastructure: Re-conceiving the US Canada border along the Detroit River
  • Master of Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Mumbai, India
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Mass Media (specialization: Journalism), Wilson College




Environmental and borderlands history, infrastructure and landscape studies, urban design, digital methods for cultural studies


Ramya Swayamprakash


I (she/her/Amma) am a transnational and interdisciplinary environmental scholar whose doctoral work focused on rivers, dredging, and the place of nature in the Great Lakes. My research has been published in academic and public-facing avenues. I take tea and dredging (not necessarily in that order) seriously. In addition to my work on the Great Lakes, I am now going back to my earlier interest in dams in post colonial India.

Broadly, my research—whether in India or North America—is premised on a central question: what is nature? And how does something become nature? Thus, I am interested in how humans (and non-humans) fashion our familiarities, especially through the lens of infrastructure creation. 

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