Thomas Dietz


Thomas Dietz

  • Title: University Distinguished Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-8763
  • Office: 6J Berkey Hall

Degree: University of California, Davis, 1979


Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science at Michigan State University and is affiliated with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research and founding Co-Director of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center (  Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and was President of the Society for Human Ecology. He has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and as Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study. ( In the latter role he briefed the President’s Science Advisor and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on climate change science. He is currently a member of the NRC Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He has co-authored or co-edited thirteen books and more than 150 papers and book chapters. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues. Dr. Dietz is an active participant in the Animal Studies Program.

Associated Programs: Environmental Science and Policy
Selected Publications:

Dietz, Thomas and Cameron T  Whitley. 2018. "Environmentalism, Norms, and Identity." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:201817487.

Dietz, Thomas and Cameron T Whitley. 2018. "Inequality, Decisions, and Altruism." Sociology of Development 4(3):282-303.

Dietz, Thomas, Ran Duan, Jakob Nalley and Anthony Van Witsen. 2018. "Social Support for Water Quality: The Influence of Values and Symbolic Racism." Human Ecology Review 24(1):51-70.

Dietz, Thomas. 2017. "Drivers of Environmental Stress in the Twenty-First Century." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42:189-213.

Dietz, Thomas, Kenneth A Frank, Cameron Whitley, Jennifer Kelly and Rachel Kelly. 2015. "Political Influences on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Us States." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(27):8254-59. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417806112.

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