Ph.D., 1989, Sociology
University of California at Santa Cruz
957 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Daniel Faber is a professor of sociology at Northeastern University and 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 change, 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 editor of the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, and a participating editor with Latin American Perspectives. He is the author of Environment Under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America (Monthly Review Press, 1993), recognized by Choice Magazine as an “1993 Outstanding Academic Book of the Year on Latin America.” His most recent work is concerned with problems of environmental injustice and equity in America, 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, 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 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. He also serves as coordinator of the New England Environmental Justice Research Network (EJRN), and is a co-founding board member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance, which in November of 2015 successfully lobbied Governor Deval Patrick to issue on Executive Order on Environmental Justice. 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 report on climate justice, ecological refugees, and equitable policy approaches for dealing with global warming
- 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).
Awards and Honors
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.
- Elected Board Member and Founding Member, Alliance for a Health Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, and environmentalists working to implement a precautionary and preventive approach to environmental policy in Massachusetts (Spring 2001-present)
- Board Member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance (MEJA)
- Editorial Board Member of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology, (Fall 1988-present)
- Contributing Reviewer on environmental issues for Environmental Health Perspectives
- An Editor with Latin American Perspectives