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Karen Pinkus is a professor of romance studies and comparative literature in Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Romance Studies and a member of the faculty advisory board with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Pinkus is fluent in French, English and Italian, and has been writing and teaching about the relation of the humanities and climate change for the past decade.

Cornell's delegation to COP21 provides a spotlight into the depth and breadth of climate challenges – and the immense energy focused on finding solutions. From critical thinking about human dimensions of climate change, to methane’s role in rising GHGs, to soil-based solutions and climate-resilient agriculture, Cornell’s thought-leaders are bringing their energy, passion, and innovative thinking, to the Paris conference.