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Paul Wapner

School of International Service

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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.
  • Degrees

    PhD, MA, Princeton University; MA, University of Chicago; BA, University of Colorado

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Selected Publications


  • 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.


  • "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.

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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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