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Contemplative Environmental Studies - Faculty

Karen Litfin

Karen Litfin, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, has been teaching and writing on global environmental politics since 1991. Her books include Ozone Discourses and The Greening of Sovereignty. In both her research and teaching, she endeavors to integrate the cognitive, emotive, and practical dimensions of sustainability. That commitment led her to write her her latest book: Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community.

Nicole Salimbene

Nicole Salimbene, visual artist whose work explores themes of sustainability, intimacy, political voice, and devotion, and leader of workshops that use art to deepen political and vocational engagement.


Lisa Schnall

Lisa Schnall is a psychotherapist in New York City. One focus of her practice is exploring the impact of the external state of the world on our internal states of mind. In the words of one of her patients: "she helps people keep their sanity in an insane world.

Prof. Wapner

Paul Wapner, professor of Global Environmental Politics in the School of International Service at American University and author of Living Through the End of Nature,and Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics. His most recent book is, Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (co-edited with Simon Nicholson). 

Jeff Warren

Jeff Warren, award-winning journalist, meditation teacher, and founder of the Consciousness Explorer's Club, a community of practitioners who want, in Jeff's words, "to rescue spiritual practice from dour fundamentalists of all persuasions." Jeff is the author of The Head Trip, and is currently finishing a book for Random House on the mystery of contemplative transformation.