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Simon Nicholson

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, Global Environmental Politics Program
  • Dr. Simon Nicholson is a member of the global environmental politics faculty. His work focuses on global food politics and the politics of emerging technologies.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., International Relations, American University; LLM, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

  • SIS-School of Intl Service
  • SIS - 303
  • Office: SIS 303 Fall 2014 Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm and Tuesdays 10am-12pm, or by appointment.

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Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Professor Nicholson's research and teaching focus on the politics of food and agriculture, global environmental and energy politics, the political and social implications of geoengineering, and issues to do with emerging technologies.

Selected Publications


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Fulbright Award

Professional Presentations

  • Moderator and panelist, “Paving the Way for the First Sustainable Generation,” House of Sweden, Washington DC, 15 May 2012.
  • “A Dialogue Between Feed the Future and the International Research Community,” prepared for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Outlook Forum 2012: Moving Agriculture Forward, Arlington, Virginia, 24 February 2012.
  • Organizer and moderator: “Occupy Wall Street: Why Should We Care?” American University, Washington DC, 4 November 2011.
  • "Overview of the Feed the Future Research Strategy," at the Feed the Future Research Forum, Washington DC, 21-23 June 2011.
  • Roundtable: "Eating Green: A Conversation about Food, Consumption and Sustainability," at the Andrew Wolf Memorial Conference, Washington DC, 22 April 2011.
  • Panel Chair: "Sustainability at the Right Scale?" for American University Earth Week, Washington DC, 21 April 2011.
  • (with Daniel Chong) "Jumping on the Human Rights Bandwagon: How Rights based Linkages Are Reshaping Climate Politics," at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 16-19 March, 2011.
  • Roundtable Chair: "The Long Transition: A Moderated Conversation on Pathways to a Sustainable World," at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 16-19 March, 2011.
  • Roundtable: "Bringing Media Projects into a Non-Media Course," at the annual Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, American University, Washington DC, 7 January 2011.
  • "Intelligent Design? Unpacking Geoengineering's Hidden Sacrifices," launch for the volume The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice, American University, Washington DC, 1 October 2010.
  • Organizer and moderator, "The Art of Problem-Driven Theorizing: Writing Dissertations that Engage with the World," Workshop for Ph.D. students from across the United States, American University, Washington DC, 1 October 2010.


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