Michele Betsill is Professor of Political Science as well as founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at Colorado State University. She is also an affiliate of the Center for Multi-Scale Modelling of Atmospheric Processes. Michele teaches courses in international relations, global environmental politics and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on global environmental governance, with particular emphasis on the politics of climate change. Her books include Cities and Climate Change: Urban Sustainability and Global Environmental Governance (with Harriet Bulkeley; Routledge, 2003), Palgrave Advances in International Environmental Politics (co-edited with Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis; Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and NGO Diplomacy: The Influence of Nongovernmental Organizations in International Environmental Negotiations (co-edited with Elisabeth Corell; MIT Press, 2008). Michele serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics and Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. She also is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance project.
Michele received her PhD in political science from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to coming to CSU, she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Global Environmental Assessment project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2005, she was the CSU Faculty-in-Residence at the Central and East European Studies Program, Economics University of Prague. Professor Betsill spent her sabbatical (2006-07 academic year) as a Visiting Scientist with the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
- Bernstein, Steven, Michele Betsill, Matthew J. Hoffmann, and Matthew Paterson. 2010. A Tale of Two Copenhagens: Carbon Markets and Climate Governance. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 39 (1): 161-173.
- Betsill, Michele, and Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2011. The Contours of “Cap and Trade”: The Evolution of Emissions Trading Systems for Greenhouse Gases. Review of Policy Research 28 (1): 83-106.