Michele Betsill

Professor and Chair


  • Office Hours:

    Wednesdays 11-12, Thursdays 3:30-4:30, or by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor and Chair
  • Concentration:

    • International Relations
    • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Department:

    • Environmental Affairs and 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 courses in international relations and environmental politics. My research on transnational environmental governance explores 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 am also the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at CSU, a multi-disciplinary research community of faculty and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Warner College of Natural Resources and a member of the Earth System Governance project's scientific steering committee.


  • 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.
  • Michele Betsill, Navroz Dubash, Matthew Paterson, Harro van Asselt, Antto Vihma, and Harald Winkler. 2015. Building Productive Linkages Between the UNFCCC and the Broader Global Climate Governance Landscape. Global Environmental Politics 15(2): 1-10.
  • Michele M. Betsill Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis eds. 2014. Advances in International Environmental Politics 2e. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harriet Bulkeley Lilana Andonova Michele Betsill Daniel Compagnon Thomas Hale Matthew Hoffmann Peter Newell Matthew Paterson Charles Rogers and Stacy VanDeveer. 2014. Transnational Climate Change Governance. Cambridge University Press. (Runner-up for the International Study Association's 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the best book in global environmental politics)
  • Matthew Paterson Matthew Hoffmann Michele Betsill and Steven Bernstein. 2014. The Microfoundations of Policy Diffusion Towards Complex Global Governance: An analysis of the transnational carbon emissions trading network. Comparative Political Studies. 47: 420-449.
  • Michele Betsill. 2014. International Climate Change Policy: Complex Multilevel Governance. In The Global Environment: Institutions Law and Policy 4e. (R. Axelrod S. VanDeveer and D. L. Downie eds.). Washington DC: CQ Press.
  • Harriet Bulkeley and Michele M. Betsill. 2013. Revisiting the Urban Politics of Climate Change. Environmental Politics 22(1): 163-154.


  • 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 2017)


    A senior seminar to explore the connections between our daily lives and world politics.

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


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