Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Kaitlin Stack Whitney
BS, Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Stack Whitney (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Science & Technology Studies department in the College of Liberal Arts. She leads the SWEET Collaborative (the Stack / Whitney Col(lab)orative of Entomology, Environment, and Technology), working with RIT undergraduate and graduate student collaborators, RIT faculty, as well as faculty and students at other universities and non-academics across North America. She is committed to participatory, intersectional, and feminist approaches to pressing environmental questions.
Her research is at the intersection of policy, animal studies, and ecosystem services - often, but not always, with insects as focal organisms. She uses a range of tools, ranging from museum specimens to observational fieldwork to coding big data. These approaches include methods from science (ecology and ecoinformatics) and science studies (feminist biology and modern environmental history).
Before coming to RIT, Dr. Stack Whitney worked for the nonprofit CNFA on the US Department of Agriculture's Farmer to Farmer Program in Eastern Europe and Washington DC, as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of International & Tribal Affairs and Office of Pesticide Programs.
Dr. Stack Whitney has a professional and personal commitment to inclusive and accessible pedagogy, research, and outreach for learners of all ages. She works on issues of "open" scholarship - including researching and writing on ethical and institutional barriers to openness. She lives in a bilingual ASL/English household and continues to take ASL courses through NTID.
In the News
October 29, 2019
Bee-Friendly Companies Are Getting the Science of the Crisis Completely Wrong
OneZero talks to Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, about the effect of corporations' efforts to protect honeybee populations.
August 26, 2019
RIT researches the status of pollinators
Research being conducted by RIT students and faculty will help determine if additional flowers, grasses and plants will benefit insects that help in pollination. The research is being done across the state, particularly next to roadways, and could help determine if later or fewer cuts to the vegetation next to the roads would help pollinators by allowing more time for plants to flower.
June 25, 2019
An unstoppable partnership: Seneca Park Zoo and RIT
ZooNooz, a publication by the Seneca Park Zoo, highlights projects with RIT.
December 9, 2020
Assistant professors co-author article
September 17, 2020
Planning beyond the pandemic: Faculty career development in the age of COVID-19
July 28, 2020
Stack Whitney selected for sustainability research network
July 14, 2020
Stack Whitney named mentor for Ecological Society of America