Politics Faculty

Ronnie D Lipschutz
  • Title
    • Professor of Politics & Provost of Rachel Carson College
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
    • Rachel Carson College
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department, Electrical Engineering Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3275, 831-459-2543
  • Email
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  • Office Location 234 Crown College, 121 Rachel Carson College Academic Building
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Energy, Environmental Policy, Foreign Policy, Globalization, International and Global Affairs, Politics, Science and Technology

Research Interests

Lipschutz conducts research in and writes on a range of topics related to global political economy, including U.S. global economic and military policy and strategy, changing conceptions and practices of security, changing forms of war, global governance, global civil society and corporate social responsibility, environmental politics, energy and resources, sustainability, political economy and popular culture and the governmentality of biosurveillance.

Biography, Education and Training

Ronnie D. Lipschutz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990. pschutz is Professor of Politics and Provost of Rachel Carson College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During Fall term 2011, he was a Velux Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. He was a visiting Professor of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London during 2009-10, and a Visiting Professor and Fellow in the Department of International Relations and Politics during 2002.

Lipschutz's most recent books are Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005) as well as a text co-authored with Mary Ann Tétreault, Global Politics as if People Mattered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 2nd ed.). He is co-editor (with Shelley Hurt) of Hybrid Rule and State Formation: Public-Private Power in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2015), co-editor (with K. Ravi Raman) Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparative Critiques (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2010) and (with Gabriela Kütting) of Global Environmental Governance—Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World (Routledge, 2009), and editors of Civil Societies and Social Movements (Ashgate, 2006).  He is also author of, among other volumes, Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), After Authority—War, Peace and Global Politics in the 21st Century (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000) Cold War Fantasies—Film, Fiction and Foreign Policy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Politics (SUNY Press, 1996), and editor or co-editor of several other books.

Honors, Awards and Grants


Co-PI (With Elliott Campbell, UC Merced), Smart Infrastructure for Affordable

UC CITIRS ($42,000)


Co-PI (with Nancy Chen), BIOS: Biosurveillance & Biometrics--Ethical & Humanistic Implications, Proposal to the UC Humanities Research Institute Vital Dialogues Program, 2014-15 ($11,000).


Co-author (with others), Proposal to Richard Blum for funding 

of UCSC Blum Center ($500,000).


Plenary speaker, Annual conference of the Australian Political 

Science Association,  Perth, Oct. 1-3, 2013.

Co-PI (with Michael Isaacson), Impact Designs: Education and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS), Learn and Serve America, National Corporation for Service Learning, 2010-11 ($160,000)

Co-PI (with Ben Crow, Melanie DuPuis, Stephen Gliessman, Ali Shakouri, Michael Isaacson, UCSC; Hillary Nixon, SJSU; faculty at Cabrillo College), NSF grant, Engaged Interdisciplinary Learning in Sustainability (EILS): Enhancing STEM Education Through Social and Technological Literacy, 2010-12 ($500,000)

Selected Publications

At Research Gate

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Also at eScholarship

Teaching Interests

Since 2006, Lipschutz has worked with faculty, post docs, grad students and undergrads in Engineering, Arts and the Social Sciences to develop curriculum and research in Sustainability and Environment. As Provost of College Eight, he has developed a minor in sustainability studies that offers classroom, lab and field research instruction.

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers