Nancy W. Gleason

Comparative Politics, International Relations
Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2011


My research is on sustainable development diplomacy. I currently teach four courses on international environmental issues at Tufts University; (1) Global Environmental Policy; (2) Conflict and Natural Resources; (3) Culture, Politics and the Environment; and (4) International Environmental Negotiations.

My doctoral research focused on the cultural and political challenges behind environmental issues, with a particular focus on Suriname in South America, and Paupa New Guinea in the Southern Asian pacific.  More recently I have been researching sustainable development diplomacy. I am particularly interested in the potential of the BASIC coalition (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) to impact change. This research is highlighted in a recent article I co-authored in Global Environmental Change (2012) titled, "Major Emerging Powers in Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Assessing their Leadership Potential."

My international work experience includes teaching Business English and Practices at Amideast in Cairo, Egypt. I have also worked for a USAID contractor in preparing development proposals in the areas of natural resources management, conflict resolution and relief and reconstruction. I regularly attend international negotiations relating to forests and climate change. Updates on these negotiations can be found on my Twitter page @NWGleason.


I have a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a focus on sustainable development. I also hold a master's of arts from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, a master's of science from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree from George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs.


PS188-06 Global Environmental Politics
PS188-20 International Environmental Negotiations
PS138-03 Culture, Politics and the Environment
PS138-08 Conflict and Natural Resources

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