Michael Maniates
Professor of Social Sciences and
   Head of Studies (Environmental Studies) 

Yale - NUS College, Singapore


6 College Avenue East, # B1-01, Singapore 138614


Most people are eagerly groping for some medium, some way in which they can bridge the gap between their morals and their practices.
--Saul Alinsky



It isn't enough to exhort people to participate [in the work of building a Great Society]. We must build institutions that make participation possible, rewarding, and challenging.
--Robert Bellah



[Let us work for a world] where doing good is like falling off a log, where the natural, everyday acts of work and life accumulate into a better world as a matter of course, not as a matter of conscious altruism.
-- Paul Hawken



Reason, under pressure, often produces prudence when boldness is called for.
--Winston Churchill



Teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark van Doren



We may be lost, but we're making great time.
--Yogi Berra


Who is He?

For over 25 years, Michael Maniates (abbreviated curriculum vitŠ) has worked to illuminate democratic paths to environmental sustainability.  He has co-founded two award-winning environmental organizations, directed a semester of study on a floating university, and consulted widely with colleges and universities on sustainability initiatives. He is a co-recipient of the prestigious Sprout award for the best book in global environmental affairs and has been recognized for outstanding teaching by Allegheny College and Oberlin College, two nationally ranked liberal arts colleges in the United States. In the 1980s he worked in India as both a Fulbright and Smithsonian scholar on the social impacts of village-scale energy technologies, and in 1994 he launched a set of networked resources for scholars and practitioners of global environmental politics, which today serves as a primary electronic resource for the field.  For many years he helped run what was then the world's largest (volume) frozen yogurt shop.  He holds a B.S. (Conservation and Resources Studies), and an M.A. and Ph.D. (Energy and Resources), all from the University of California.  

Where is He?

Professor Maniates currently serves as Professor of Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, one of Asia's first liberal arts colleges.  His responsibilities include working with colleagues to build a 'next generation' program in environmental studies.  Maniates was formerly a senior Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.  Prior to his work at Oberlin he was Full Professor of Political Science and Environmental Science at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. (His was the only active joint appointment at Allegheny that bridged the natural- and social-sciences.) Maniates is also a frequent faculty member with Semester at Sea, a study abroad program of the University of Virginia.  He's sailed on five voyages, often in leadership positions, and most recently up the Amazon River as a Distinguished Lecturer in December 2012.  He's next scheduled to teach courses on environmental policy and sustainability on the Summer 2014 voyage through the Baltic.  He makes his home in Singapore with his wife and two cats.

What Is He Up To?

18 April 2014: 

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Last updated 14 April 2014