April Luginbuhl Mather


  • Visiting Instructor, Environmental Studies Program

Areas of Study


  • BA, geography and planning, University of Toledo
  • MA, geography, Ohio University
  • PhD, geography, The Ohio State University


April Luginbuhl Mather is an environmental geographer, whose work uses political economy and political ecology frameworks to explore human/environment interactions. Her research interests examine the ways our economic systems interact with ecological processes to create unexpected partnerships, such as US farmers working with carbon markets or energy co-ops as part of their economic strategy for funding soil stewardship activities. More recently, her interests have expanded to the exploration of how economic and ecological systems are in tension over our relationship with healthy food.

April teaches courses using the conceptual tools of geography to help understand how to address environmental issues at all scales. Her teaching structures and style grow out of a critical pedagogy context. These pedagogies have been particularly foundational in her approach to online and hybrid teaching, and inform her work as a content consultant and writer for Crash Course Geography.

Spring 2024

Environment and Society — ENVS 101
Global Agriculture and Food Production — ENVS 220