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Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Co-Chair of Sustainable Spelman Committee

Dr. Shafiei is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). She has served as an environmental justice consultant for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bates College. She was a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Annual Editions: Sustainability which was published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education Contemporary Learning Series. She was also an Environmental Fellow at Associated Colleges of the South. Shafiei has served as an invited speaker, panelist, chair, section chair, panel organizer, moderator, and discussant in numerous conferences and forums.

Dr. Shafiei has been a leader in education for sustainability in higher education for more than two decades. To advance education for sustainability, she has planned, developed and conducted several Educating for Sustainability: Greening of the Curriculum Workshops for College and University Faculty; and several Summer Environmental Education Institutes for High School and Middle School teachers. She has secured federal and UNCF/Mellon grants. In addition, Dr. Shafiei has received funding for her research in environmental policy area from US Environmental Protection Agency for “Environmental Policy an Innovation Grant: Emergency Planning and Preparedness”. She served as the project director for the EPA funded, “Toxics Release Inventory Regional Workshop”; “Reimagining the Twenty-First Century through Advancing Education for Sustainability”; “Environmental Justice Summit”; “Environmental Lecture Series;” and “The Atlanta Environmental Summit: Linking Priorities from a Minority Perspective.” In addition, she was a Partnership Leader in the Education for Sustainability Project, a Department of Energy (DOE) funded project.

She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests are in environmental policy, environmental justice, climate justice, environmental education, environmental determinants of health disparity, and international relations. Dr. Shafiei’s publications are in the areas of environmental policy, environmental determinants of health disparities and environmental education.


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