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Zachary Piso

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Zachary Piso
Phone: 937-229-2933

HM 407


Dr. Zachary Piso joined the faculty at the University of Dayton in 2018. His work explores the social and ethical values at stake in environmental science, especially in interdisciplinary environmental research that draws on the social sciences in explanations of environmental change and resilience.

Recently he is exploring ethical and epistemic questions arising in food systems research, including an ongoing study of ecological citizenship and environmental governance in Rust Belt urban agriculture. These public philosophical engagements emphasize stakeholder engagement and participatory methodologies that tie together interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of science, and American pragmatism.


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Environmental philosophy
  • Values in science
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • American Pragmatism

Selected Publications

Hall, T., Piso, Z., Engebretson, J., and O'Rourke, M. (2018). Evaluating a dialogue-based approach to teaching about values and policy in graduate transdisciplinary environmental science programs. PlosONE, 13(9): e0202948.

R. Streiffer, Piso, Z., Remley, D., Sweeney, G., and Forcone, T. (2018). An expanded understanding of the ethical importance of civic engagement in food sourcing decisions at the institutional level. Public Philosophy Journal.

Werkheiser, I. and Piso, Z. (Eds.) (2017). Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together. New York: Springer.

Piso, Z., Sertler, E., Marable, K., Malavisi, A., Jensen, E., Gonnerman, C. and O'Rourke, M. (2016). The production and reinforcement of ignorance in collaborative interdisciplinary research. Social Epistemology, 30(5-6): 643-664.

Piso, Z., O'Rourke, M., and Weathers, K. C. (2016). Out of the fog: Catalyzing integrative capacity in interdisciplinary research. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 56: 84-94.

Piso, Z., Werkheiser, I., Noll, S., and Leshko, C. (2016). Sustainability of what? Recognizing the diverse values that sustainable agriculture works to sustain. Environmental Values, 25 (2): 195-214.