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Professor of Sociology; Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative

Daniel Faber is a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, and an Affiliated Faculty Member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as Environmental Studies.  He is Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC). His research is focused in the areas of political economy and crisis theory, environmental sociology and policy, social movements, classical and contemporary social theory, environmental justice, philanthropy, Central America and underdevelopment, climate justice, and globalization. He co-founded and worked as Research Director for the Environmental Project On Central America (EPOCA), Earth Island Institute (1984-90), and has published numerous works on the political ecology of Central America. He is also a co-founding Senior Editor of the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. He is the author of Environment Under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America (Monthly Review Press, 1993), recognized by Choice Magazineas an “1993 Outstanding Academic Book of the Year on Latin America.” His most recent work is concerned with the political economy of environmental injustice and climate justice, and includes the edited collection, The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States (Guilford Press, 1998) and Capitalizing on Environmental Justice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization(Rowman & Littlefied, 2008), which was a finalist for the prestigious C.W. Mills Award in 2009. Dr. Faber has produced a number of major research reports relating to environmental justice and climate justice, as well as the co-edited collection Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements (Rowman & Littlefied, 2005). Dr. Faber is a Senior Fellow with the Global Center for Climate Justice, and a board member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of scientists, health professionals, environmental advocates, and labor unions working for a precautionary approach to environmental policy in Massachusetts. Dr. Faber is also on the Governor Board of Coming Clean, a national collaborative of more than 200 environmental organizations and 350 experts working in the environmental health field that are devoted to reforming chemicals and energy policy. He is currently working on a new book The Ecological Contradictions of American Capitalism: Towards a More Transformative Environmental Politics.

In 2006, Dr. Faber received the “Champion for Justice Award,” granted by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), and the “Friend of the Earth and Environmental Justice Award” from Salem State College and HealthLink for his “path-breaking leadership and work in Environmental Justice in Massachusetts and beyond.” In 2010 he received the Environmental Sociology Practice and Outreach Award from the Environmental Sociology and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. He has also received recognition for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many other organizations for his work in advancing a more transformative environmental justice politics.

  • Daniel Faber, Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization (MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
  • Daniel Faber and Deborah McCarthy (eds.), Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).
  • Daniel Faber (ed.), The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States (New York: Guilford Press, 1998).
  • Daniel Faber, “Environment Under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America” (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1993).

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