I am an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Environmental Studies, and an affiliated faculty member of Huxley's Spatial Institute. 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 learning that becoming an environmental problem-solver is more than just awareness of information gained from lectures and readings. Environmental leadership is better fostered by the alchemy of disciplinary knowledge, responsibility, self-efficacy, and experiential education.
I was recently selected for the 2017-2018 Innovative Teaching Showcase on "engaging social justice" by Western Washington University's Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment. I also was recognized in 2009 with an “Academy Award” from Western Washington University’s Teaching and Learning Academy for “advancing the University’s values of sustainability and diversity” and in 2003 as a Teaching Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. 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 and the civic world.
My teaching and research interests focus on the dynamic tensions of environmental science and democratic politics in a variety of arenas including environmental information disclosure, environmental justice, and international conservation projects. 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 Environmental Studies at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment where my research programs focus on climate risk governance, environmental justice, and political biogeography.
Books and Chapters Authored or Edited
Abel, Troy D. and Mark Stephan. 2018. Streams of toxic and hazardous waste disparities, politics, and policy. Forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Abel, Troy D. editor. 2012. Five seasons in Ecotopia: rainforest immersion and conservation action in Costa Rica. Bellingham, WA: Village Books Press.
Kraft, Michael, Mark Stephan, and Troy D. Abel. 2011. Coming clean: information disclosure and environmental performance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (Winner of the 2012 Lynton Caldwell Prize from the American Political Science Association for the best book on environmental politics).
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
Abel, Troy D., Jonah White, and Stacy Clauson. 2015. Risky business: sustainability and industrial land use across Seattle’s gentrifying riskscape. Sustainability 7(11): 15718-15753.
Abel, Troy D., Jonah White. 2015. Gentrified sustainability: inequitable development and Seattle’s skewed riskscape. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 16(2/3/4): 124-157.
Abel, Troy D., Debra J. Salazar and Patricia Robert. 2015. States of Environmental Justice: Redistributive Politics across the US. Review of Policy Research 32(2): 200-225.
Kelly, Jennifer R. and Troy D. Abel. 2012. Fostering ecological citizenship: the case of environmental service-learning in Costa Rica. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Volume 6, Number 2.
Abel, Troy D. and Jonah White. 2011. Skewed Riskscapes and Gentrified Inequities: Environmental Exposure Disparities in Seattle, WA. American Journal of Public Health 101(S1): S246–S254. The Seattle PI ran a story on this research titled "Is Seattle creating ghettos of poverty and pollution?"
Collaborative Grants, Student Publications and Exhibitions
Clauson, Stacy and Troy D. Abel. 2017. Cleveland High School Tree Sample Map.
Clauson, Stacy and Troy D. Abel. 2017. Cleveland High School Tree Sampling App.
Abel, Troy D. and Katrina Radach. 2017 - 2018. Deliberative mapping for a changing Salish Sea and its Marine Protected Areas. Border Policy Research Institute Award. $10,582.
Abel, Troy D. (PI), Dorothy Daley (Co-PI), and Mark Stephan (Co-PI). 2014 - 2017. Climate Risk Governance and Polycentrism in the US States. National Science Foundation Award 1431487. $545,022.00.
Clauson, Stacy and Troy D. Abel. 2015. Mapping Duwamish Community Action for Clean Air.
Clauson, Stacy and Troy D. Abel. 2015. Duwamish Air Watch.
Abel, Troy D., Mark Stephan, and Jacob Lesser. 2013. “Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application.” Webinar hosted by the Environmental Council of the States. August 28.
Abel, Troy D., Jenni Pelc, Lauren Miller, Jacqueline Quarre, and Kathryn Mork. 2011. Borders, Barriers, and Breakthroughs in Cascadia’s Wildlife Commons. Research Report No. 15. Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA.
Kathryn Mork, Diana Bermudez, Troy D. Abel and Adrian Arce. 2011. “Evaluando el monitoreo participativo de la Lapa Roja en el Parque Nacional Carara, Costa Rica” Mesoamericana 15(2): 185.
Bob Sabie and Troy D. Abel. 2011. “Forgotten People participatory mapping and environmental justice.” Website exhibition for 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Apps for the Environment Challenge.
PhD Public Policy, George Mason University; Master of Public Administration, George Mason University; BS Public Health, Indiana University