Rachel's pages

Neva Project

Neva Workshop

Altai trip

National Parks project



Sustainability at SU


Syracuse First

Downtown Writers Center

Armory Square Playhouse


Rachel May

Rachel is Coordinator of Sustainability Education at Syracuse University. In a previous life, she was a professor of Russian language and literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and before that, at SUNY Stony Brook. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and Master's degrees from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (environmental communications) and Oxford University (modern languages). She has been a fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center, the Harvard Russian Resarch Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Center, as well as a Marshall Scholar.

Rachel lives in Syracuse, NY, with her husband, Tom Brockelman and their daughter. She is deeply involved in local sustainability efforts, including serving on the Board and as chair of the Recycling Committee for the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency. She has recently begun a writing career, studying playwriting and creative non-fiction at the YMCA Downtown Writers Center and participating in the Armory Square Playhouse playwrights' circle. Her play, "The Magic Words," about Elena Bulgakova, had two professional readings in 2013-14, and her prose is soon to be published in The Healing Muse and at eco-fiction.com.

The Neva Project

This was a collaboration with professors Maria Ignatieva and Nikolai Rolle, funded by New Directions in the Earth Sciences and Humanities. The team investigated several sites on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, with an eye to the ways ecological and cultural influences intersected in those places.