Michele Betsill is a professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on global environmental politics; specifically, the multiple ways in which climate change is governed from the global to the local level across the public and private spheres, and how climate change is being addressed through mechanisms other than multilateral diplomacy and national climate policies.
Betsill is the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group in the College of Liberal Arts and the Warner College of Natural Resources. She is an editor for the journal Global Environmental Change, serves on the editorial board for the journals Global Environmental Politics and Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, and was a contributing author to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report in 2014. Betsill currently serves on the Scientific Steering Committee for the Earth System Governance project.
Betsill received her B.A. in French and communication from DePauw University in 1989. She earned her M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver in 1991; she then studied political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a second M.A. in 1997 and her Ph.D. in 2000. Betsill is a two-time nominee for the CSU Alumni Association Teaching Award and a three-time nominee for the College of Liberal Arts undergraduate teaching award.