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Nancy Manring

Dr. Nancy Manring, portrait
Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Science and Sustainability program
Bentley Annex 251

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Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Administration, University of Michigan, 1991

Research Areas

  • Environmental Politics

Courses Taught

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Politics
  • Politics of the Environmental Movement
  • Climate Change Politics
  • Sustainability Citizenship
  • Politics of Sustainability
  • Concepts in Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

About Dr. Manring

Nancy Manring is Associate Professor of Political Science, a member of the Master of Science of Environmental Studies (MSES) Advisory Board, and the Sustainability Theme Coordinator in the College of Arts & Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Administration with an emphasis on environmental conflict and dispute resolution from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. She has an M.S. in Horticulture from Ohio State University, where she also received her B.S. in Landscape Horticulture, graduating summa cum laude.

Dr. Manring's research focuses on collaborative dispute resolution in U.S. Forest Service public lands planning. Her work on democratic accountability in Forest Service planning was published in Society & Natural Resources, the Journal of Forestry, and Administration & Society. Her earlier work exploring the organizational implications of the adoption of environmental dispute resolution processes by the Forest Service was published in The Negotiation Journal, Public Administration Review, Society & Natural Resources, Administration & Society, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education.

More recently, Dr. Manring has worked on university curriculum enhancement and new course development. She is co-founder of the Kanawha Project, a multi-year project designed to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by integrating sustainability and climate change issues across disciplines through faculty professional development. Dr. Manring has developed and taught new courses on sustainability, environmental citizenship, and climate change politics. She was awarded the student-selected University Professor award in 2013. As an MSES thesis adviser, she works with students on a broad range of sustainability and environmental policy related research projects.

Prior to fulltime teaching in the Political Science Department, Dr. Manring was Manager of the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development at Ohio University. Partnering with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, she served as a co-facilitator and evaluator of the Ohio Wetlands Task Force, a year-long, collaborative policy dialogue to address wetlands protection and management in Ohio.