Ryan Emanuel is an environmental scientist and community-engaged scholar from North Carolina. He studies and teaches on topics that include ecohydrology, environmental science and policy, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights. Emanuel leads the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab at NC State University, a group of hydrologists, environmental scientists, and geospatial analysts who study the environment in North Carolina and beyond.
Emanuel partners with Native American Tribes and other communities to understand environmental change through the lenses of environmental justice and Indigenous rights. This work involves research, education, and relationship-building. His goal is to amplify voices of Indigenous and other marginalized communities who shoulder disproportionate environmental burdens.
Emanuel was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center during the 2020-2021 academic year.