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Judith Shapiro
(202) 885-1629 (Office)
SIS | Instructional Revenue Centers (IRCs)
School of International Service 308
Spring 2020 Wednesday afternoons and by appointment and phone.
PhD, International Relations, American University; MA, Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley; MA, Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana; BA, Anthropology and East Asian studies, Princeton University.

Languages Spoken
Mandarin Chinese, French, some German and Spanish
Dr. Judith Shapiro is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Environment, Development, & Health. She also directs the Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) with University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her new book, China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, with Yifei Li, was published in 2020 by Polity. She is also the author of China's Environmental Challenges (Polity 2012, Second Edition 2016), Mao's War against Nature (Cambridge 2001) and the co-author of Son of the Revolution (Knopf 1983) and other books on China. Her courses include SIS 660 Environment and Politics, SIS 106 China from the Inside and SIS 352 Environmental Politics of Asia. Her website is


Spring 2024

  • HNRS-050 Honors Supplement: Environmental Politics of Asia

  • SIS-602 AU-Univ for Peace Exchange

  • SISU-352 Environmental Politics of Asia

Fall 2024

  • SIS-602 AU-Univ for Peace Exchange

  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Shapiro's current research is on the political and social dynamics of environmental degradation, and on the prospects for sustainable development in China.

Selected Publications

New book Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, with Yifei Li, Polity Books 2020.

Selected Publications

    China Goes Green:Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, with Yifei Li, Polity Press, 2020
  • China's Environmental Challenges, Polity Press, 2012.
  • Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China, Cambridge University Press, 2001.  
  • Cold Winds, Warm Winds, with Liang Heng, Wesleyan University Press, 1987.  
  • After the Nightmare, with Liang Heng, Knopf 1987.  
  • Son of the Revolution, with Liang Heng, Knopf, 1983.