Professor of Environmental Studies
people are eagerly groping for some medium, some way in which they can
bridge the gap between their morals and their practices.
It isn't enough to
exhort people to participate [in the work of building a Great Society].
We must build institutions that make participation possible,
rewarding, and challenging.
[Let us work for a
world] where doing good is like falling off a log, where the natural,
everyday acts of work and life accumulate into a better world as a
matter of course, not as a matter of conscious altruism.
under pressure, often produces prudence when boldness is called for.
is the art of assisting discovery.
We may be lost, but we're making great time.
Who is He?
For over 25 years, Michael Maniates (curriculum vitŠ) has worked to illuminate democratic paths to environmental sustainability.
a writer, speaker, teacher and scholar, Maniates focuses on issues of
consumption and overconsumption, interdisciplinary undergraduate
education, energy futures, and the global politics of environment and
development. He has co-founded two award-winning environmental
directed a semester of study on a floating university, and consulted
widely with colleges and universities on sustainability initiatives.
Maniates is the only faculty member at Allegheny appointed to
position in strategic planning
and media relations, and he is the recipient of one of Allegheny's top
teaching awards. He is widely published, founded and
a set of networked resources for scholars and practitioners of global
environmental politics, and is the co-recipient of the
Sprout award for the best book in global environmental affairs.
He was a Fulbright and Smithsonian scholar to India.
Michael is especially interested in strategic action for
sustainability that combines participatory democracy with
elite-brokered choice editing. Neither
top-down or bottom-up, Maniates prefers to think of his work as
Where is He?
Michael Maniates currently serves as a senior Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He is on leave from his position as Full Professor of Political Science and Environmental Science at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. (His is the only active joint appointment at Allegheny that bridges the natural- and social-sciences.) Maniates is also a frequent faculty member with Semester at Sea, a study abroad program of the University of Virginia. He's sailed on five voyages, often in leadership positions, and most recently up the Amazon River as a Distinguished Lecturer in December 2012. He's next scheduled to teach courses on environmental policy and sustainability on the Summer 2014 voyage through the Baltic. He makes his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife, two cats, and one rosy boa constrictor.
What Is He Up To?
In addition to mentoring students, Michael is at work on four overlapping projects:
One is a 50,000-word book (It's the Maze, Not the Mouse!) that
everyday citizens with the environmentally restorative tools of choice
editing. This manuscript builds on the recent The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice
(with John Meyer, MIT Press 2010)), which explores the
underappreciated yearning of people to sacrifice for higher aims,
including the environment. It also tests the claims made in
frequently cited essay "Individualization: Plant a Tree, Ride
Bike, Save the World" (abridged version here), which
complements Michael's work on voluntary
simplicity and political action in Confronting Consumption
(with Tom Princen and Ken Conca, MIT Press 2002).
° A final project, still in the dabbling stages, is a series of short science-fiction stories that capitalize on the feeling of time slowing down when we are plunged into particularly stressful, sometimes near-death, experiences.
For more detail, please see Professor Maniates' curriculum vitŠ. Contact him at one of the two email addresses listed above.
Last updated 2 February 2013