Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Internationalist: Michael Dorsey

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Internationalist: Michael Dorsey

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Title: Assistant professor, environmental studies program and director of the Climate Justice Research Project, Dartmouth College

Education: Ph.D., natural resources and environmental policy, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources; M.A., Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University; M.F.S., Yale University; B.S., natural resources and environmental policy, University of Michigan

Age: 38

Career mentor: Bunyan Bryant, University of Michigan

What advice do you have for new or budding faculty? "Stay focused.

Use technology to manage information as quickly as you can. Raise outside funds for your research as soon as you can."

At a time when national governments are as focused on containing the threat from global climate change as they have ever been, the need for experts and advocates to bring attention to vulnerable populations in both developed and developing countries has never been greater. Count Dr. Michael K. Dorsey as a scholar whose experience as an advocate on behalf of poor and marginalized peoples is as formidable as the expertise he demonstrates while teaching and conducting research in his capacity as an assistant professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College.

"The work that I'm trying to do is upholding the civic responsibilities that I think I have and that for me means trying to make space, as much as I can, for justice to prevail for as many people as possible," Dorsey says.

At Dartmouth, Dorsey manages a range of consulting and advisory posts that enable him to exert leadership on climate change and environmental justice issues on an international basis. He attended the U.N. Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, last month where he advised several international organizations and national governments, most notably the Pacific Island countries represented by the Islands First organization, during climate-change policy negotiations.

Last year, the Ford Foundation announced a $300,000 funding award to enable Dorsey to launch the Climate Justice Research Project at the Hanover, N.H.-based Ivy League college. The project is devoted to studying the racial and social inequities that result in addressing climate change and generating policy information on the effect of climate change on the livelihoods of low-income people in the U.S. and abroad.

"The Environmental Studies Program is delighted that the Ford Foundation has chosen to fund Professor Dorsey's research. …

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