Eisenhower Library trip, FA17

Carlo Sica

is a geographer who specializes in natural gas, energy policy, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and mixed methods research.

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Photo: Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kan. (Fall 2017)

Carlo Sica is a nature-society geographer. He uses descriptive statistics, archival research, document analysis and interviewing to study the U.S. in historical and contemporary contexts. His master's thesis focused on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania, and his dissertation examines the regulation of natural gas in the 20th century U.S. He has published in journals like Area (2015) and The Extractive Industries & Society (2017) and The Annals of the American Association of Geographers (2018).

In his research and teaching, Sica foregrounds the social and political dimensions of energy and environmental issues without sacrificing their technical and scientific details. This synthetic approach was ingrained through his education in physical geography (BS, Penn State [2011]) and nature-society geography (MA, Syracuse [2013]; PhD, Syracuse [2018]). 

He is committed to advancing undergraduate training and professionalization through critical understandings of environmental issues, energy and natural resources.

From left to right: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Spring 2017), The National Archives at College Park, Md. (Summer 2015 and Spring 2016), The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State, University Park, Pa. (Summer 2017) and The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum, Atlanta, Ga. (Spring 2017).