House Professor-Dean

House Professor-Dean

Each House in the West Campus House System is overseen by a House Professor-Dean, a tenured faculty member who is the leader of the House's intellectual program, and an Assistant Dean, a student affairs professional who directs the multiple functions of the House and shares responsibility with the House Professor-Dean for the realization of the House's educational mission.



Shorna B. Allred, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
105 Alice Cook House

Dr. Shorna Allred, a native Texan, is a Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Department of Global Development, and the Southeast Asia Program.  She is also the Associate Director of the Center for Conservation Social Sciences and a member of the Graduate Fields of Natural Resources and Global Development.

Her research and outreach program at Cornell focus on understanding human attitudes, motivations, and behavior related to natural resource conservation and management. Her main interests center on how social science can facilitate community-based approaches to planning and management while enhancing the resilience and sustainability of communities both locally and abroad. Dr. Allred is passionate about engaging students in community-based work and leads a global service-learning program, Global Citizenship and Sustainability. Much of her work in Southeast Asia focuses on indigenous community resilience in Malaysian Borneo and she recently spent her sabbatical investigating flood resilience in Bangkok, Thailand. Her teaching focus at Cornell is on community-based research methods in natural resources, global service-learning, and community organizing for the public good. In her spare time Dr. Allred enjoys reading historical fiction and poetry, traveling internationally, hiking and exploring the outdoors, watching pro football, and spending time with friends and family.