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Judith Shapiro

Director, Global Environmental Politics Graduate Programs, School of International Service, American University
Contributing Author Forging Environmentalism (M.E.Sharpe 2006)

Judith Shapiro is the director of American University's Global Environmental Politics graduate programs at the School of International Service. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations at American University, her MA in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, and her BA in Anthropology from Princeton.

Much of Shapiro's early academic and professional work focused on the Cultural Revolution and intellectual life in China. In recent years, she has written on the relationship between political repression and environmental degradation. She is a regular contributor of reviews of books on China to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and scholarly journals. She is working on a project on national identity and the prospects for ecological sustainability in China.

Selected Publications:

Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China. Cambridge University Press, 2001
After the Nightmare. Knopf, 1987( with Liang Heng)
Cold Winds, Warm Winds: Intellectual Life in China Today. Wesleyan University Press, 1987(with Liang Heng)
Son of the Revolution. Knopf, 1983 ((with Liang Heng)


Last Updated: Oct 12, 2006

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