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Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: BA Yale University; MA Columbia University, PhD University of the Peloponnese
Sophia Kalantzakos is Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at New York University and currently an affiliate at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her publications include China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths (Oxford University Press, 2017), The EU, US, and China Tackling Climate Change: Policies and Alliances for the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017), Energy and Environmental Transformations in a Globalizing World: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, co-editor with N. Farantouris (Nomiki Vivliothiki, 2015), and articles on migration and the MENA region. Currently, she is working on problems of climate change, migration, and geopolitical tensions in East Africa.
Kalantzakos takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to transformations in the Anthropocene and their geopolitical repercussions. Calling on her prior experience as a member of the Hellenic Parliament and Government Minister with substantial international experience in EU policies and NATO, she focuses on challenges that are reshaping international politics across the globe such as cross-border mobility and forced migration, resource competition, and global environmental governance.
Her courses reflect a strong focus on gender and diversity in the realm of public policy. At present, Kalantzakos is leading the Environmental Humanities Research Initiative at NYUAD which is committed to fostering environmental dialogue across disciplines.
She was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich in 2015 and will be returning in the summer of 2018 to complete her current monograph Djibouti: The transformative power of geography.