Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research, Michigan State University
Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research at Michigan State University. At MSU he was Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of numerous awards such as the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award and the Outstanding Publication Award, both from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Gerald R. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. At the National Research Council he served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and currently is Vice Chair of the NRC Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the NRC America’s Climate Choices report. Dr. Dietz served as Secretary of Section K (Social, Economic, and Political Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the former President of the Society for Human Ecology. He has a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis.