Distinguished Author Series

Colorado State University has an abundance of distinguished researchers making significant contributions to the scientific and sustainability literature. The School's Distinguished Author series is designed to highlight and champion recent books authored by University leaders in sustainbility.

Reception Honoring Author Stephanie A. Malin

April 28, 2015 | 4pm - 6pm | 108 Johnson Hall

Stephanie A. Malin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Stephanie is a sociologist of environment, globalization, and development, focusing on community-level outcomes of natural resource development.  Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, poverty, and political economy of energy development.  Stephanie examines how these variables intersect in rural communities across the American West and Northeast.

The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice (2015)

Reception Honoring Authors Michele Betsill and Dimitris Stevis

March 12, 2015 | 4pm - 6pm | 108 Johnson Hall

Michele Betsill is a Professor of Political Science and the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at Colorado State University. Her research investigates the multiple ways in which climate change is governed.

Dimitris Stevis is a Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University. His research examines the social governance of the world political economy in the areas of labor and the environment.

Advances in International Environment Politics (2014) and Transnational Climate Change Governance (2014)


Reception Honoring Author Lori Peek

October 28, 2014 | 4pm - 6pm | 108 Johnson Hall

Lori Peek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at CSU

Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora reveals that Katrina took a particularly heavy toll on households headed by low-income African American women who lost the support provided by local networks of family and friends. It also shows the resilience and resourcefulness of Katrina evacuees who have built new networks and partnered with community organizations and religious institutions to create new lives in the diaspora. Contributors offer the first comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the displaced.


Reception Honoring Author Camille Dungy

April 16, 2014 | 4:00 - 6:00PM | 108 Johnson Hall

Camille Dungy is a Professor of English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Poetry at Colorado State University.

Smith Blue offers a survival guide for the modern heart as she takes on twenty first-century questions of love, loss, and nature. From a myriad of lenses, these poems examine the human capacity for perseverance in the wake of heartbreak; the loss of beloved heroes and landscapes; and our determination in the face of everyday struggles. The poems explore the dual nature of our presence on the planet, juxtaposing the devastation caused by human habitation with our own vulnerability to the capricious whims of our environment. In doing so, they reveal with fury and tenderness the countless ways in which we both create and are victims of catastrophe.

Reception Honoring Author Michael Carolan

March 4, 2014 | 4:00 - 6:00PM | 108 Johnson Hall

Michael Carolan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. He has published over 80 peer review articles and chapters. His areas of expertise include environmental and agricultural law and policy, environmental sociology, the sociology of food systems and agriculture, and the sociology of technology and scientific knowledge. He also dabbles in social theory.

Reclaiming Food Security argues that the goal of any food system should not simply be to provide the cheapest calories possible. A secure food system is one that affords people and nations – in both the present and future – the capabilities to prosper and lead long, happy, and healthy lives. For a variety of reasons, food security has come to be synonymous with cheap calorie security. On this measure, the last fifty years have been a remarkable success.  But the author shows that these cheap calories have also come at great cost, to the environment, individual and societal well-being, human health, and the food sovereignty of nations.

Reception Honoring Author Philip Cafaro

December 5, 2013 | 4:00 - 6:00PM | 108 Johnson Hall

Philip Cafaro is a Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. His books include Virtue Ethics and the Environment and Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue

Life on the Brink aspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems including global climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity. As we surpass seven billion world inhabitants, contributors argue that ending population growth worldwide and in the United States is a moral imperative that deserves renewed commitment.


Reception Honoring Authors Mark Fiege and SueEllen Campbell

April 30, 2013  |  4:30-6:30pm  |  SoGES, 108 Johnson Hall

Join us in a reception honoring authors and CSU professors Mark Fiege and SueEllen Campbell. Mark Fiege is the author of The Republic of Nature (2012) which re-frames American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occured. SueEllen Campbell's book, The Face of the Earth (2011) explores how humans have made sense of our planet's marvelous landscapes and investigates how we live with the great shaping forces of nature - from fire to changing climates and the intricacies of adaptation.

Mark Fiege is an associate professor of History and Director of the Public Lands History Center at CSU. SueEllen Campbell is a professor of English and Faculty Affiliate at the Public Lands History Center at CSU. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. This event is co-hosted by SoGES and CSU Public Lands History Center.


Reception Honoring CSU Scientist and Author Robin S. Reid

April 2, 2013  |  4:00-6:00pm  |  SoGES, 108 Johnson Hall

Robin S. Reid is Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, an initiative of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. Robin has also been a senior research scientist at Colorado State’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory since 2002, and is on the faculty of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.

Her book, Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa tells the sweeping story of the role that East African savannas played in human evolution, how people, livestock, and wildlife interact in the region today, and how these relationships might shift as the climate warms, the world globalizes, and human populations grow.

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