Daniel J. Sherman Biography (print pdf)
Daniel J. Sherman studies environmental politics, policy and sustainability. His new book, Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere: Politics, Social Movements and the Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Waste, examines the dynamics of mobilized opposition in local communities and the contentious politics of waste disposal implementation at all levels of government in the U.S. He also teaches, writes, and facilitates workshops on sustainability efforts in higher education. His work in this area is represented in two recent articles: "Sustainability: What's the Big Idea?" and "Uncovering Sustainability in the Curriculum." He is the Luce-funded Professor of Environmental Policy & Decision Making at the University of Puget Sound and Director of the Sound Policy Institute in Tacoma, Washington.
Daniel J. Sherman Extended Biography (print pdf)
Daniel J. Sherman studies environmental politics, policy and sustainability. He is the Luce-funded Professor of Environmental Policy and Decision Making and Director of the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. His new book, Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere: Politics, Social Movements and the Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Waste, examines the dynamics of mobilized opposition in local communities and the contentious politics of waste disposal implementation at all levels of government in the U.S. He also teaches, writes, and facilitates workshops on sustainability efforts in higher education. His work in this area is represented in two recent articles: "Sustainability: What's the Big Idea?" and "Uncovering Sustainability in the Curriculum."
Sherman seeks to understand the role of public participation in environmental politics and policy. Much of his work focuses on the wide range of citizen engagement in decisions concerning radioactive and/or hazardous waste issues. One of his recent articles, "Disruption or Convention," seeks to explain why communities pursue opposition to proposed radioactive waste facilities with different political strategies ranging from disruptive civil disobedience to more conventional forms of participation such as petitions, public meetings and legal action. Another recent article, "Critical Mechanisms for Critical Masses," examines varying levels of mobilized opposition across communities facing radioactive waste facility proposals. Sherman has also studied the ways in which public participation may be incorporated directly into the implementation of hazardous waste policy in an article entitled "Contamination, Collaboration, Remediation and Restoration." This article is a case study of the role public participation played in the first successful marine hazardous waste remediation under the Superfund law.
The University of Puget Sound recently presented Sherman with the Tom Davis Teaching Excellence Award. While teaching at Cornell University, Sherman also received the John S. Knight teaching award for his undergraduate writing seminar on environmental politics. His design for this class is presented in the article, "Get it in Writing." Sherman has also reflected on his attempts to incorporate civic engagement into teaching and learning in a book chapter entitled "Drawbridge to the Ivory Tower." In his classes, he attempts to place his students directly into the environmental decision making contexts facing local and regional stakeholders. Some of these contexts have included local climate change policies, urban green space management plans, environmental impact statements on timber harvests, and political campaign strategies for bills championed in the Washington State Legislature. Sherman directs the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound, which works to facilitate campus and community connections on environmental issues in the region.
Sherman is also deeply involved in efforts to advance sustainability in higher education. He is particularly involved in efforts to integrate sustainability into teaching and learning across the curriculum. He has written articles and conducted workshops for faculty, administrators and staff to present sustainability as a big idea suitable for integration with the concepts, core skills, and areas of inquiry deemed central to each academic discipline. Sherman works closely with the Curriculum for the Bioregion Project in Washington State and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education at the national level. He serves as a co-chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee at the University of Puget Sound.
Sherman was born and raised in Tonawanda, New York, where the Erie Canal meets the Niagara River. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY on a Presidential Scholarship and Hughes Research Fellowship where he graduated summa cum laude in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science. His undergraduate research on the comparative politics of treaty settlements with indigenous peoples took him to New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1996, where he received a B.A. with honours in Maori Studies from Victoria University. Sherman's research on the New Zealand-Maori treaty settlement concerning fishing quotas provided the basis for his 1999 M.A. thesis in comparative environmental politics at Colorado State University. This work was later published as “Seizing the Cultural and Political Moment and Catching Fish: Political Development of Māori in New Zealand, the Sealord Fisheries Settlement, and Social Movement Theory.” Sherman also served as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Ecology Group of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working to establish policy guidance for the incorporation of environmental justice concerns into the National Environmental Policy Act procedures under President Clinton's Executive Order 12898. In 1999 Sherman entered the Ph.D. program in government at Cornell University. Here he gained research support from the Morris K. Udall Foundation, Heinz Family Philanthropies, and the National Science Foundation. His dissertation on social movement theory, U.S. politics, policy implementation and radioactive waste was awarded the Virginia Walsh Dissertation Prize by the American Political Science Association. He has taught at the University of Puget Sound and lived with his family in Tacoma, Washington since 2004.
Northeastern Political Science Association Conference (Philadelphia, PA).