My names is Michele Zebich-Knos and I am professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at Kennesaw State University in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia,  USA.  Kennesaw State is part of the University System of Georgia, has more than 24,000 students, and offers both Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

My research focuses on international environmental policy, border studies, Latin American politics, and global regulatory policy.   I am author of numerous publications on environmental policy including “Ecotourism, Park Systems and Environmental Justice in Latin America,” in Environmental Justice in Latin America (MIT Press, 2008); and, “Conflict Avoidance and Environmental Protection: The Antarctic Paradigm,” in Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, 2007).   M. Zebich-Knos and Heather Nicol (Trent University, Canada) are coeditors of Foreign Policy Toward Cuba: Isolation or Engagement? (Lexington Books, 2005).  I also coauthored a chapter on polar issues with Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland), “Polar Regions – Comparing Arctic and Antarctic Border Debates,” was published in July 2011 in The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies.

I was founding Director of KSU’s Master of Science in International Policy Management  Program from 2009-2012, and was a member of the External Advisory Board (2009-2013) of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the University of Vermont.

I’m currently a nonresident Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS).

My latest publications include:


“This book’s inventive application of the multilevel social ecological approach exposes hardborders of conflict as landscapes of microscale human innovation, adaptability and porosity […] the struggle for human meaning and interaction continues amid the macro-borders of largerpolitical conflict.”
—Scott A. Bollens, Professor of Urbanism, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, USA

“This extraordinary book is a prime example of the multidisciplinary work that makes a metadiscipline like border studies grow. It zooms innovatively on the intersection of social and natural ecologies in transboundary spaces, drawing from many disciplines and cases to show us how to transit from theory to action in reintegrating humans and nature under territorial conflict, galloping resource extraction and severe environmental stress.”
—Tony Payan, Fellow and Director, Mexico Center, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, USA

“The authors offer a comprehensive panorama of environmental issues in border areas and the zones of conflict. They apply a robust multiscale and multidisciplinary approach to integrating social ecology and critical border studies and opening a new view on complex relations between borders and nature. The book provides scholars and practitioners involved in peace processes with valuable information on the use of environment protection in reconciliation and peace keeping.”
—Vladimir Kolosov, Professor, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia


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“The unique dual-nature aspect of search and rescue enables competing frames: Russia, the USA, and the cruise industry,” Article coauthored by Rebecca Pincus and Michele Zebich-Knos, Polar Geography, Volume 39, Issue 2, 2016

“Managing Polar Policy through Public and Private Regulatory Standards: The Case of Tourism in the Antarctic.” Chapter in: Rebecca Pincus and Saleem Ali (eds.) Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctica, 2015, Yale University Press.

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