Jubin Cheruvelil, Ph.D.

Jubin  Cheruvelil
  • Associate Professor
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Holmes Hall, W-24A
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 353-3871


  • LB 492: Environmental Institutions and Social Movements 
  • LB 355: Philosophy of Technology - Futurism and Futurists; Characterization and Critique
  • LB 334: The Natural Environment: Perceptions and Practices 
  • LB 334: Science, Technology and Public Policy 
  • LB 332: Technology and Culture - Innovations in Early Human Society
  • LB 330: Uncertainty and Risk
  • LB 133: Introduction to Environmental Philosophy and Ethics 


Dr. Jubin Cheruvelil teaches courses centered around the natural environment, technology, and culture. He is a human behavioral ecologist who enjoys addressing questions at the intersection of environment, health, and culture. I seek to 1) advance scientific understanding of the biobehavioral basis of health outcomes, 2) connect patterns in the environment, health, and behavioral studies with processes understood through analysis of large datasets, modeling, and simulation, and 3) elucidate the roles and effects of social determinants for underserved and vulnerable communities. In each of these three areas, I strive to inform environmental and human health policy- and decision-making by conducting community-engaged scholarship and engagement with public audiences, agency personnel, and advisory boards.

Topics: Biobehavioral health, behavioral ecology and economics, human decision-making, adaptation, livelihoods, landscape/resource use geography, and history

Focal populations: Indigenous, underserved, and vulnerable peoples

Methods: Quantitative - surveys, systematic behavioral observation, behavioral/landscape modeling & simulation; Qualitative - ethnography, ethnoecology, life history/course; Archaeology; Uni-/multivariate statistics; Analytics; Programming


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • M.S. Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Economics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Management Certificate in Finance and Information Technology


Lyman Briggs College Student Choice Faculty Award, MSU 2016


  • 2018 Michigan Digital Cultural Mapping, US Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service, April 15, 2018 – December 31, 2019. $350K
  • 2018        Lead (Pb) Curriculum, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C.
  • 2017-19   National Tribal Toxics Council Sponsorship, US Environmental Protection Agency, Zender Environmental, Anchorage, AK. $10K
  • 2014 A Gathering: Towards Tribal Rural Land and Resource Use Sustainability, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) Small Grants Program, U.S Department of Agriculture, 11/1/2014 - 10/31/2015, $14K.
  • 2013 Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Wild Rice, Freshwater Future, 1/1/2013 - 1/1/2014, $5K


  • 2018 Higley, C., Elliott, K.C., Cheruvelil, J. Improving student reading comprehension through Editorship. Teaching in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2018.1553030
  • 2018 National Tribal Toxics Council, Comments to US EPA Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0659, ’A Long-Term Approach for Organizing the TSCA Chemical Inventory’ November 15.
  • 2018 National Tribal Toxics Council, Comments to US EPA Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0270-0001.’Per-and Polyfluorylalkyl Substances (PFAS), September 28.
  • 2018 National Tribal Toxics Council, RE: Comments to Problem Formulations for Risk Evaluations, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0210, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0723, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0725, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0732, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0733, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0735, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0736, EPA-HQOPPT-2016-0737, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0741, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0742, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0743, August 16.
  • 2015 Assessing Tribal Rural Land and Resource Use Sustainability & Governance. Project Report submitted to North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 81 pgs.
  • 2013 Cheruvelil, J. J. and B. Barton. Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Wild Rice. Great Lakes Lifeways Institute. Project Report Submitted to Freshwater Future. 12 pgs.