Political Science

Edward Lorenz


Reid-Knox Professor of History, Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs Director


History and Political Science

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.S., Towson University

I am...

committed to helping students identify their interests and skills and prepare to assume the leadership roles and responsibilities that Alma graduates traditionally have achieved. 



My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

the history of public policy, especially environmental, health and human rights policies.

My expertise:

I have served in public agencies dealing with labor rights and health policy and have served as an appointed member of the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. I have books on international labor rights policy and community empowerment to control the excesses of corporate power.

Signature course(s):

I hope all my courses are excellent and especially like first year Public Affairs classes.

Recent publications:

“Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess,” in Robert Richardson, ed., Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013).


Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2012); won the  Gold Medal of the Michigan Historical Society in 2012 and the Axiom Silver Medal in Business Ethics in 2013.

Recent presentations:

Conference on Communication and Environment, June 6-9, 2013, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden; “Thinking Locally - Acting Globally:  Confronting Global Pesticide Lobbyists” 


Universal Human Rights Conference, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2-4, 2011,

Conference Chair


United States Society for Ecological Economics, East Lansing, MI, June 28, 2011, “Community Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess.”


Association of American Colleges and Universities, San Francisco, CA January 28, 2011. “Challenges to Effective Learning,”  [Ehrlich Award Finalists Panel]


International Farming Systems Asso., Vienna, AustriaJuly 5, 2010. with Mike Vickery, “Our Common Table: Constructing Trans-border Understanding of Shared Risks, Resources, and Responsibilities.”


Southern Regional Model United Nations Annual Conference, Atlanta, GANov. 19, 2009, “Keynote Address.”

Recent grants:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities.  Feb. 2008.