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Shannon Gibson

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of International Relations

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2136
Office: VKC 330

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Shannon Gibson received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami in 2011. Her research focuses on the role of civil and “uncivil” society participation in transnational politics. As part of her dissertation, "Dynamics of Radicalization: The Rise of Radical Environmentalism against Climate Change,” she conducted field and participant observation research at a variety of international summits, including World Social Forums in Brazil and Senegal, the 2010 G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, and the United Nations climate negotiations in Denmark and Mexico in order to assess the impact of environmental social movements and activist networks. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Miami’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Shannon is also a volunteer researcher with the Global Justice Ecology Project, a Vermont-based environmental justice non-profit organization. This Spring she will be teaching courses on environmental politics (IR323), global order and disorder (IR382) and global public health (IR499).

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Climate Activism within and against Globalization."", International Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, San Diego, California, Invited, 2011-2012   
""Exploring Activist-NGO-Institution Relationships: Dynamic climate actor relations at COPs 15 and 16."", International Studies Association - West, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Pasadena, California, Invited, 2011-2012   
""The Frayed Braid: Three Strands of Leftist Activism in the Emergent Global Climate Justice Movement."", International Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Montreal, Canada, Invited, 2011-2012   
""Radical Environmentalism and Eco-Terrorism": The Influence on Global Environmental Politics."", International Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, New Orleans, LA, Invited, 2010-2011   
""Transnational Activist Networks, Framing and Direct Action Strategies: Tracing an Emerging Climate Justice Activist Network from Bali to Copenhagen."", International Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, New York City, New York, Invited, 2009-2010   


Book Chapter

Gibson, S. M. (2011). State-led Social Boundary Change: Transnational Environmental Activism, ‘Eco-Terrorism’ and 9/11.". Power and Transnational Activism.

Journal Article

Reitan, R., Gibson, S. M. (2011). Environmental Praxis, Climate Activism, and the UNFCCC: A Participatory Action Research Approach. Globalizations. Vol. 9 (3)
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