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Paul A. Barresi
Southern New Hampshire University
environmental law and politics; the American legal tradition; environment and development; and sustainability
Paul A. Barresi is co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sustainability Research. He holds a full-time appointment as Professor of Political Science and Environmental Law at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A., and a part-time appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in Guangzhou, China, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Law in spring 2016. Professor Barresi holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where he majored in Natural Resources; a Juris Doctor With Highest Honors from the George Washington University National Law Center; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Boston University, where he was a Presidential University Graduate Fellow. His research focuses on how legal, political, and other institutions and cultures shape environmental law and its effectiveness as a strategy for building sustainable societies, using China, India, Russia, and the United States as illustrative examples. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited dozens of book chapters, peer-reviewed journal and law review articles, books, and other publications on environmental, sustainability, or other topics published or soon to be published in three languages on four continents. Most recently, Professor Barresi has served as co-editor of and as author or co-author of several chapters in Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice, which was published by Routledge in 2018, and which is based on the work of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association's Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, which he also co-chairs. He also is co-editing and contributing to a book of papers in collection by non-Chinese scholars of relevance to China's efforts to build an "ecological civilization" (shengtai wenming) to be published in Chinese translation in China in 2019. Professor Barresi has served as an influential pro bono contributor to the development of the environmental impact assessment titles of an Environment and Natural Resources Code of the Kingdom of Cambodia; as a visiting scholar in the Development Law Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, from which he undertook extensive field research on the post-socialist forestry law and policy of Poland and Albania; and as a visiting scholar at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in Patiala, Punjab, India. For a decade, he also was certified as a wildlife biologist (associate level) by The Wildlife Society (U.S.A.). Professor Barresi was Founding Chair of the Northeastern (U.S.A.) Political Science Association's Section on Environmental Politics and Policy; has served on the Executive Committee of the National (U.S.A.) Council for Science and the Environment's ("NCSE") Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; and is a participating advisor in NCSE's International Science Advisory.