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- Dr. Paul Wapner is Professor of Global Environmental Politics in SIS, and author of Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, and Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics. His research focuses on Environmental Thought, Transnational Environmental Activism, Environmental Ethics, and Global Environmental Politics.
DegreesPhD, MA, Princeton University; MA, University of Chicago; BA, University of Colorado
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2010.
- Principled World Politics: The Challenge of Normative International Relations, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield 2000 (co-editor, with Lester Ruiz).
- Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, Albany: State University of New York 1996, winner of the 1997 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the best book in International Environmental Affairs.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
- "Sacrifice in an Age of Comfort," in Michael Maniates and John Meyer, eds., The Politics of Sacrifice, Cambridge: MIT Press 2010.
- "The Humanity of Global Environmental Ethics," (with Richard Matthew), Journal of Environment and Development, Vol. 18, no. 2, Spring 2009.
- "The Importance of Critical Environmental Studies in the New Environmentalism," Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 8, no. 1, Winter 2008.
- "The UN and Civil Society," in Thomas Weiss and Sam Daws, eds., The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, New York: Oxford University Press 2007.
- "The Irony of Environmentalism: The Ecological Futility but Political Necessity of Lifestyle Change," (with John Willoughby) in Ethics and International Affairs Vol. 19, no. 2, Fall 2005.
- "After Nature: Environmental Politics in a Postmodern Age,"in Peter Dauvergne, ed., The International Handbook of Environmental Politics, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2005.
- "The Moral Architecture of Global Environmental Governance," in Andreas Rechkremmer, ed., UNEO: Towards a United Nations Environmental Organization, Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos Publishers 2005.
- "The Campaign to Ban Anti-Personnel Landmines and Global Civil Society," in Richard Matthew and Ken Rutherford, eds., Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and Wars Hidden Legacy, Albany: State University of New York Press 2004.
- "World Summit on Sustainable Development: Environmentalism in a Post-Jo-burg Era,&" Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 13, no. 1, February 2003.
- "New Ecology, Civility and Populations," ("Nueva Ecologia, Civilidad Y Poblaciones") in Jose Vidal Beneyto, ed., Hacia Una Sociedad Civil Global: Desde La Sociedad Mundo, Madrid: Taurus 2003 (UNESCO publication).
- "Ecological Thinking: Studying Global Environmental Politics with a Wild Mind and a Mindful Heart" in Michael Maniates, ed., Encountering Global Environmental Politics: Teaching, Learning and Empowering Knowledge, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield 2003.
- "The Sovereignty of Nature? Environmental Protection in a Postmodern Age," International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, no. 2, June 2002.
Area of Expertise: Global environmental politics, environmental activist groups, the American environmental movement, environmental ethics
Additional Information: Paul Wapner is the author of Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics (SUNY, 1996) and the editor of Principled World Politics: The Challenge of Normative International Relations (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). His newest book is Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism (MIT, 2010). He researches and teaches global environmental politics, social movements, environmental thought, and international relations theory.
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