John M. Meyer

Professor and Chair

Department of Politics

My work is motivated by the conviction that our relationship with the more-than-human world (including non-human animals, plants, and ecosystems, but also built environments and technological systems) is vitally important and fundamentally political. As a political theorist, I work to understand how our social and political values shape this relationship, how these values are shaped by it, and how we might use an understanding of both to pursue a more just and sustainable society.

My academic career has been influenced by earlier work as a political organizer. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, I’ve sought to develop a broader perspective on citizen action and the possibilities for political change. For more than two decades, I’ve taught and worked at Humboldt State University on California’s North Coast, where I’m privileged to work with many students and fellow faculty members who share these passions.

My book Engaging the Everyday: Environmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma won the first annual Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory. I’ve written and edited other books, and published articles, essays, and reviews in academic journals, political magazines, and blogs. I am also an editor of the journal Environmental Politics.

I have been a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany, and a Member of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. I’ve also been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Climate and Justice at the University of Reading in the UK and a Harrison-McCain Visiting Professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.