Director of Research Development
School of Social Sciences
Holly Hapke, Ph.D. is a geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist with research interests in political economy, rural development, gender, fisheries and food production systems, migration, ecological conflict, and South Asia. Specific research projects have examined the impact of technological transformation and globalization on artisanal fishing communities, fish markets, and fisherfolk livelihoods in India; technological transformation in the flue-cured tobacco industry of eastern North Carolina; transnational Latinx migration in the US South; cultural impacts of Gulf migration in India; and the role of fish in food security for the urban poor in India and Ghana. Funding for her research has been secured from NSF, Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the GoldenLEAF Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Dr. Hapke earned her MA and PhD at Syracuse University. Prior to arriving at UCI, she spent 22 years as a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University where she also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Distance Education in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017 Dr. Hapke served as a program director in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation with responsibilities for the Geography and Spatial Sciences, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems, and Transformations to Sustainability Programs and the Working Groups on the Science of Broadening Participation and Navigating the New Arctic.