Jan Dizard is the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of American Culture at Amherst College, where he has taught sociology, American Studies, and, most recently, environmental studies, since joining the Amherst faculty in 1969. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he received his AB from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in sociology in 1962. He received his MA (1964) and PhD (1967) from the University of Chicago in sociology. Before joining the Amherst faculty, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1965 to 1969.
He has written several books and book chapters and articles on the modern family, but for the past twenty-five years his writing has focused on conflicting ideas about nature and our relationship to the natural world. He is currently working on a book exploring recent paradigm shifts in ecology and the conflicting policy options these paradigms offer.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Hunting—For a Sustainable Relationship to Nature
A response to "Does hunting make us human?"
- Why Hunt?
From Minding Nature’s September 2014, Volume 7, Number 3 issue.
- Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America
In this book Jan Dizard delves into the identity of hunters in America today.