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About Troy D. Abel

My scholarship informs a teaching program where I have been committed to fostering an interactive classroom and student research collaborations. I know from my own scholarship and the growing body of work on civic ecology that becoming an environmental problem-solver is more than just awareness of information gained from lectures, discussion and readings. Environmental leadership is better fostered by the alchemy of disciplinary knowledge, responsibility, self-efficacy, and experiential education.

I was one of three faculty selected in 2017 for Western Washington University’s (WWU) Innovative Teaching Showcase on "engaging social justice," recognized in 2009 with an “Academy Award” from WWU's Teaching and Learning Academy for “advancing the University’s values of sustainability and diversity,” and designated in 2003 as a Teaching Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I also was a co-recipient of the Lynton Keith Caldwell prize for the best book on environmental politics from the American Political Science Association for the co-authored monograph Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance. The following collection of collaborative work and publications reflects my dedication to the pedagogy of environmental interdisciplinarity and the development of techniques and experiences to bridge the teaching schism between environmental science and political science, or, between learning about the natural world or the civic world.

Research Interests
My teaching and research interests focus on the dynamic tensions of environmental science and democratic politics in a variety of arenas including environmental justice, climate risk governance and natural resource conservation. I believe that because we often see environmental problems and solutions in only technical or political prisms, environmental governance suffers. We do need better science and better democracy, but more importantly, we need a better integration of both that I try to foster in my classrooms and explore in my scholarship. I hold an appointment with the faculty of Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy at Western Washington University’s College of the Environment where my research programs focus on climate risk governance, environmental justice, and political biogeography.


Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Western Expert
Present Affiliated Faculty, Western Washington University Spatial Institute, Huxley College of the Environment
Present Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information

Office: Poulsbo, WA 98370,
WWU Mailstop: 9102
Phone: 360-394-2741


Books (2)

Articles (12)

Teaching Works (4)

Contributions to Books (4)

Juried Conference Papers (4)