Academics

Edward Lorenz

Title

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

Discipline

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. 

Rank

Professor

My career at Alma began in

1989

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:

Montesinos’ Legacy (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014).  [This book is the proceddings of the Universal Human Rights Conference sponsored by the Alma Public Affairs Institute in Washington in December 2011.]

 

“Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Universities Serving Distressed Urban and Rural Communities in Michigan” [with Will Donahue (’16), Lauren Engels (’15), Michelle Jerezano (’14), Aleia McKessy (’15), and Tracy Oberle (’16)] (East Lansing, MI: Center for Community and economic Development, 2014)

 

“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:

imageAmerican Public Health Association, Nov. 16-19, 2014, New Orleans: “Community Participation in Environmental Contaminants Research: Promoting Awareness and Encouraging Citizenship” [with Lydia Prebeck (’15), Brittney Roggow (’16) and Katherine Vaillancourt (’16)]

 

 

 

International Cooperative Alliance Research Conference, June 25-28, 2014, Pula, Croatia: “Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Universities Serving Distressed Urban and Rural Communities in the U.S. State of Michigan” [with Will Donahue (’16), Lauren Engels (’15), Michelle Jerezano (’14), Aleia McKessy (’15), and Tracy Oberle (’16)]

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 [see under publications Montesinos’ Legacy]

 

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.