Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
John Petersen

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information


Severance Hall 211
(440) 775-8499

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment - cindy.frantz@oberlin.edu

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, 1991
  • Master of Science, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Massachusetts Amherst, 2000

I am a social and personality psychologist with a strong interest in statistics. I teach social psychology, an advanced seminar on the psychology of social conflict, and the advanced research methods course.I have two main research areas. First, I study perspective taking in conflict situations. Currently, I am developing a cognitive model of how perspective taking occurs. I also study humans’ relationship with the natural world, in collaboration with Steve Mayer. Our initial research suggests that both individuals and the environment benefit when people feel connected to the natural world.I am a mother of two boys–thus, much of my free time is taken up reading Harry Potter aloud and picking legos up off the floor. I am passionate about the environment and simple living. I also like to garden, hike, and do yoga.