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Dr. Edward Lorenz


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


History and Political Science

Educational Background

University of Chicago, Ph.D. 1978

Georgetwon University, MA, 1972

Towson University, B.S. 1966

I am...

Committed to improving public policy making

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

human rights, labor rights, environmental policy

Recent publications:

“Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess,” in Robert B. Richardson, ed.

Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013), 119-134.

Edward Lorenz, Community Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Excess, (East Lansing: Michigan State Univ. Press, 2012).

Other recent accomplishments:

In February, I received a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, to fund study on Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities. (It arose from student-faculty research in Mondragon, Spain.)

I've led

I’ve been Chair, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Community Advisory Group for Michigan’s Pine River watershed (1997-2001); currently Chair of Health Committee (since 2002) overseeing PBB study with Emory University (see PBBregistry@emory.ecu).

Member U.S. EPA, National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Superfund Subcommittee (2002-2004): analyzed performance of agency and assessed national needs for environmental remediation and produced report on Superfund’s future (see publications, below).

President, Michigan Conference of Political Scientists (1993-94, 2000-2001).