Steven D. Chase (PhD)Core Faculty, Director of Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability Concentration
Department of Environmental Studies
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Highest DegreePhD, Antioch University New England
Other Degrees & CredentialsMS, Antioch University New England
Areas of Expertiseenvironmental justice, corporate globalization, peak oil, economic relocalization, the international Transition movement, grassroots organizing, social movement history, nonviolent direct action, and faith-based activism
Steve Chase directs the master's program concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability — the only existing graduate ES program in the country specifically tailored to the training needs of professional public interest advocates and community organizers. Taking a broad view of environmental politics, the program addresses the overlapping issues of ecological sustainability, social justice, and democratic control over corporations and community-based transition initiatives moving from oil dependence to local resilience. Steve currently teaches courses in Leadership for Change; Political Economy and Sustainability; Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion; Organizing for Social Change; and Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship.
In support of his three year effort to create the Environmental Studies master’s concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, which welcomed its first cohort of students in Fall 2002, Steve received a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship Award in 2000 and a Switzer Environmental Leadership Grant in 2002. In 2003, he was named an Ella Baker Fellow, a new fellowship program inspired by Ella Baker, the associate of Dr. Martin Luther King who founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960's.
A longtime activist, writer, and popular educator, Steve is currently active with the International Transition Movement and was one of the co-founders of the Transition Keene Task Force — the 56th Transition Initiative in the United States and the first in New Hampshire. He is also active in progressive community radio, a trained facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, and a Visiting Instructor for Pendle Hill, a Quaker Study and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania.
Steve has three grown children and lives with his wife Katy in Keene, New Hampshire. He is very active with the Putney Friends Meeting (a Quaker congregation) in nearby Vermont. Whenever he gets a chance, he's out hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains.