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The Center for Environmental Politics organizes a monthly colloquium series on environmental politics, policy, and governance. This series is made possible by the generous support of Gary and Susan Duck, UW alumni and long-standing benefactors of the department. Susan passed away in December 2015 after a prolonged illness. We miss her a lot.

The Duck Family Colloquium Series is managed by graduate students. For 2016-2017, Will Gochberg (Political Science Ph.D. Student) will serve as the Richard B. Wesley Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance and the chair of the Duck Family Colloquium series. The Center will host the following seminars, as described below.



Prof. Jennifer Hadden

Jennifer Hadden, University of Maryland

Friday, November 4, 2016

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“The Organizational Ecology of Advocacy: Environmental Conservation NGOs in Comparative Perspective”

Jennifer Hadden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. She conducts research concerning international relations, environmental politics, and non-state actors. She received a Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Department of Government and a B.A. with highest honors in Government from Smith College. Her book Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Global Climate Change was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2015. It received the 2015 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section and an honorable mention for the 2016 Sprout Award from the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association.


Prof. Paul Mohai

Paul Mohai, University of Michigan

Friday, December 2, 2016

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gown 1A

“Which Came First, People or Pollution?”

Paul Mohai is Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at University of Michigan. His research interests include: 1) understanding the causes of disproportionate pollution burdens in low-income and people of color communities; 2) assessing the role of environmental factors in explaining racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and; 3) understanding the nature of public attitudes, both domestically and internationally, toward environmental and resource issues and how these change over time. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan. Because of his longtime interest, work, and leadership in the field of Environmental Justice, Professor Mohai was invited to be a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) from 2007 to 2013. Most recently he was awarded the Damu Smith Power of One Leadership Award for contributions made to the environmental justice field and movement.


Prof. Sharlene Louise Mollett

Sharlene Mollett, University of Toronto

Friday, January 13, 2017

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“Land’s Future: Residential Tourism and the Promise of Development in Panama”

Sharlene Mollett is Assistant Professor in the Centre for Critical Development Studies and the Department of Human Geography Department at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Her research is at the intersection of postcolonial political ecology and critical feminist/racial studies in the Americas and interrogates the multiple ways in which racial ideologies and patriarchy shape natural resource conflict and management in Latin America, specifically in Honduras and Panama. Broadly her research interests include 1) the interrogation of place-specific representations and meanings of race and gender and the ways these subjectivities are embedded in development practice; 2) the ways in which the land use practices and land tenure systems of indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and non-indigenous campesinos are incorporated into protected area management, land regularization and tourism development; and 3) the feminist political ecologies of indigenous and Afro-descendant women’s land control. Her work is published in such journals as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Latin American Research Review, Geoforum, Latin American Perspectives, Gender, Place and Culture, and Cultural Geographies.


Prof. Michael Vandenbergh

Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University

Friday, February 3, 2017

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“Beyond Gridlock: Private Governance Response to Climate Change”

Professor Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Co-Director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, and Director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt University Law School. An award-winning teacher, Professor Vandenbergh has published numerous articles and book chapters on private environmental governance and household energy use. His recent work focuses on the development of interdisciplinary teams to examine the role that private governance can play in bypassing climate policy gridlock. His work with Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network focuses on household sector energy use and carbon emissions, and his corporate work explores the wide range of legal, social and economic influences on firm environmental and energy behavior. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty he was a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., and he served as Chief of Staff of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-95. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and his research has been discussed in major media outlets such as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, National Geographic, USA Today, and the Washington Post.


Prof. Nicole Darnall

Nicole Darnall, Arizona State University

Friday, March 3, 2017

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“Sustainability and Consumption”

Nicole Darnall is Professor of Management and Public Policy at Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Public Affairs and its School of Sustainability, and Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Organization Research and Design. Her research investigates nonregulatory governance as it relates to sustainability. Operating at this nexus of management and public policy, she considers whether the absence of state coercion, combined with appropriate institutional design, can encourage organizations and individuals to behave more sustainably. She has served as associate editor of Business & Society and Organization and Environment, and has received numerous fellowships from international research organizations, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.


Prof. Hilary Boudet

Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Oregon State University

Friday, April 7, 2017

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“Contentious Politics in Energy Facility Siting in the US”

Hilary Boudet is an Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Energy in the Department of Sociology at the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Her research interests include environmental and energy policy, social movements, and public participation in energy and environmental decision making. She has current studies on the following topics: (1) public perceptions of energy development; (2) public perceptions of extreme weather events; and (3) interventions designed to encourage household energy conservation. She teaches courses on energy and society, social movements and research methods. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State University, Hilary was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, where she managed a community-based intervention with 30 Girl Scout troops aimed at reducing household energy use. In 2010, she completed her dissertation in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources on the factors and processes shaping community opposition to energy development.


Prof. Evelyn Pinkerton

Evelyn Pinkerton, Simon Fraser University

Friday, May 12, 2017

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“Whatever Happened to the EEZ? Keeping Benefits and Control of Fishing and Fish Processing within National Borders”

Dr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources. She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements. Beginning with the introduction to her 1989 edited volume Cooperative Management of Local Fisheries (UBC Press), she has been generating middle-range theoretical propositions about the conditions under which co-management is likely to arise and to endure. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on fisheries and forestry co-management arrangements, and in Fisheries that Work (1995, co-authored with Martin Weinstein), began to develop a more comprehensive framework for analyzing and comparing co-management arrangements. This work has since evolved into analysis of the developmental sequence of types of co-management rights and activities.


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Prof. Riley Dunlap

Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University

Friday, October 7, 2016

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“How Climate Change Became Controversial”

Riley E. Dunlap is Regents Professor and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. One of the founders of environmental sociology, Dunlap’s recent work has focused heavily on climate change, particularly public perceptions, political polarization, and organized denial. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and is senior editor of the resulting volume Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2015). Dunlap is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association. Professor Dunlap has received a number of awards for his scholarly work, most recently the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences in 2012.