PENELOPE CANAN, Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Central Florida, graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and received MA and PhD degrees from the University of Denver. Before joining UCF in 2006, she was on the faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Denver. From 2004-2006, she served as Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project at Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies.In 2010,Canan received a "UCF Women Making History" award from the Women's Research Program at UCF. She is the recipient of "Who's Who in the Montreal Protocol," (2010), the “Distinguished Career Award” from the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association (2007); the US EPA’s “Best of the Best” award for individual contribution to ozone layer protection (2007); the USEPA’s Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award (2001); the Norman Durham Environmental Award from Oklahoma State University (2006); the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Practice Award (1992); the Driscoll Master Teacher award at the University of Denver (1988); and the award for teaching the Best Graduate Project in the US by the American Planning Association (1982). Her professional memberships include service as chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, Vice President of the Society for Applied Sociology, a founding member of the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (now the National Center for Science and the Environment), and advisor to the UNEP on the Montreal Protocol from 1990 to 2001. Canan served on the board of directors of the Colorado Energy Science Center (2000 – 2007) and of the SLAPP Resource Center (2000 – 2007). Her most recent books are SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out (Temple University Press 1996, with George Pring) and Ozone Connections: Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance (Greenleaf 2002, with Nancy Reichman), also published in Japanese (Nippon Hyoronsha 2005). She taught environmental sociology, social stratification, the politics of the environment, global warming and society, and international environmental politics and global regimes.
Penelope's daughter, Lily Canan Reynolds, graduated in 2010 from the University of British Colombia with a bachelors degree in human geography.