• Office Hours:

    Tuesdays 3:30-4:30; Wednesdays 11-12; or by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
    • Chair
  • Concentration:

    • International Relations
    • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD University of Colorado (2000)
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I joined the CSU Political Science faculty in 2000 after receiving my PhD at the University of Colorado-Boulder and completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and global environmental politics. My research focuses on global environmental governance, with a particular emphasis on the role of non-state and sub-national actors in creating new mechanisms for steering society towards a more sustainable future. Although most of my work has focused on climate change, I have recently become interested in issues of natural resource extraction and marine conservation. I was a founding member of the Earth System Governance Project, a global social science network of scholars working at the interface of governance and global environmental change and  am currently an Associate Editor for the Earth System Governance Journal.



  • Michele M. Betsill, Tabitha M. Benney and Andrea K. Gerlak, eds. 2020. Agency in Earth System Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ana Mauad and Michele M. Betsill. 2019. A Changing Role in Global Climate Governance: São Paulo mixing its climate and international policies. Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional 62(2).
  • Michele Betsill and Desirée Fiske. 2019. International Climate Change Policy: Complex Multilevel Governance. In The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy, 5e. (R. Axelrod and S. VanDeveer, eds.). Washington DC: CQ Press.
  • Frank Biermann, Michele M. Betsill, Sarah Burch, John Dryzek, Christopher Gordon, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Cristina Inoue, Agna Kalfagianni, Norichika Kanie, Lennart Olson, Åsa Persson, Heike Schroeder, and Michelle Scobie. 2019. The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: A critical assessment after ten years. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 39: 17-23.
  • Graeme Auld, Michele M. Betsill, and Stacy VanDeveer. (2018). Transnational Governance for Mining and the Mineral Lifecycle. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43.
  • Malone, E. L., M. Betsill, S. Hughes, R. Kemp, L. Lutzenhiser, M. Moezzi, B. L. Preston, and T. O. West, 2018: Chapter 6: Social science perspectives on carbon. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 264-302, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.Ch6
  • Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, S. Pincetl, M. Betsill, M. Chester, F. Creutzig, K. Davis, R. Duren, G. Franco, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, C. Kennedy, R. Krueger, P. J. Marcotullio, D. Pataki, D. Sailor, and K. V. R. Schäfer,2018: Chapter 4: Understanding urban carbon fluxes. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 189-228, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.Ch4
  • Harriet Bulkeley, Michele M. Betsill, Daniel Compagnon, Thomas Hale, Matthew J. Hoffmann, Peter Newell, and Matthew Paterson. (2018). Transnational Governance: Charting new directions post-Paris. In Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, and Johanna Forster (Ed.), Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in action? (pp. 63-80). Cambridge University Press.
  • Matthew Paterson, Matthew Hoffmann, Michele Betsill, and Steven Bernstein. 2017. Professional and Policy Dynamics in the Transnational Carbon Emissions Trading Network. In Professional Networks in Transnational Governance (L. Seabrooke and L.F. Henriksen, eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 182-202.
  • Michele Betsill. 2017. Trump's Paris withdrawal and the reconfiguration of global climate change governanceChinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment. Published online 3 July 2017.
  • Michele Betsill and Dimitris Stevis. 2016. The Politics and Dynamics of Energy Transitions: Lessons from Colorado’s (USA) “New Energy Economy.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34(2): 381-396. Doi: 0263774X15614668.
  • Michele M. Betsill. 2015. NGOs. In Research Handbook on Climate Governanceedited by Karen Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand. Edward Elgar Publishing.


  • POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics (Fall 2014)


    An upper-division undergraduate course that explores the contributions of international relations scholarship to our understanding of the political nature of global environmental problems and different approaches to governing those problems.

  • POLS 739 International Environmental Politics (Fall 2015)


    A research seminar for advanced graduate students on the application of international relations theories and concepts to the study of global environmental change.

  • POLS 532 Governance of the World Political Economy (Spring 2015)


    An international relations graduate seminar on contemporary issues and debates related to global governance.

  • POLS 232 International Relations (Fall 2019)


    In introductory course in international relations.

  • POLS 621 Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science (Spring 2017)


    A graduate seminar on qualitative research methods with a focus on case studies.