John Hausdoerffer is Professor of Environment, Sustainability, and Philosophy at Western State Colorado University, where he also directs the Master in Environmental Management Programs and the Headwaters Project.
His research seeks philosophical intersections between environmental ethics and environmental justice. John's first book, Catlin's Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature, analyzed George Catlin's attempt to merge early environmental perspectives with native justice movements during the era of Indian Removal. More recently, John has focused in commonalities between Aldo Leopold's land ethic and contemporary environmental justice theories. John's goal as scholar, teacher, and citizen is to merge wilderness, environmental justice, and working landscape movements around the common framework of self-willed communities. To this end, he is partnering with CHN's Gavin Van Horn to edit an anthology entitled The Relative Wild: Common Grounds in Conservation. In 2014, John also served as Editor for Aaron Abeyta's new book of poetry, Letters from the Headwaters. John lives in Gunnison, Colorado.
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