Thomas Princen

Associate Professor


PhD, Harvard University (political economy and government)

MPA, Harvard University (public administration)

BA, Ponoma College (biology)

(734) 647-9227


Thomas Princen, PhD, explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency(both published by the MIT Press).


Teaching fellowship, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Muenster, Germany, 2015 

Writing fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, University of Munich, Germany, 2014

Erb Faculty Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2007

 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship, Packard Foundation/Ecological Society, 2004.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation research award (with R. De Young), 1997- 1999; project on consumption and environment.

Select publications: 

Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order, Princen, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.

The Logic of Sufficiency, Princen, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005.

Confronting Consumption, Princen, Maniates and Conca, eds., Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.

Environmental NGOs in World Politics: Linking the Local and the Global, Princen and Finger, London: Routledge, 1994.

Intermediaries in International Conflict, Princen, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992/1995.

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