Department Chair:
Nancy Darling

Administrative Assistant:
Joan Gleason, Severance Hall Building Rep. Academic Year-Severance Hall room reservations email Summer-Severance Hall room reservations email

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8355
Fax: (440) 775-8356

Severance Hall
120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - Monday through Friday TBD

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz

Cynthia (Cindy) Frantz


Contact Information


Severance Hall 211
(440) 775-8499

Personal Office Hours:
Monday 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Tuesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

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 environmental psychologist with a strong interest in statistics. I teach social psychology, and an advanced seminar on the psychology of social conflict. My research focuses broadly on humans’ relationship with the natural world, with an emphasis on promoting sustainable behavior. Past research in collaboration with Steve Mayer suggests that both individuals and the environment benefit when people feel connected to the natural world. With John Petersen, Rumi Shammin, and Deborah Roose I study the potential for feedback technology ( ) to encourage conservation behavior, connect humans back to the natural world, and promote systems thinking. I also direct the Community Based Social Marketing Research Project, a collaborative research program between faculty, students and staff to develop, test and promote behavior change programs that reduce Oberlin College’s carbon emissions.