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Ronald Mitchell is a Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. He has published International Politics and the Environment (Sage, 2010), International Environmental Politics (Sage, 2008), Global Environmental Assessments: Information and Influence (with William Clark, David Cash, and Nancy Dickson, MIT Press, 2006), and Intentional Oil Pollution at Sea: Environmental Policy and Treaty Compliance (MIT Press, 1994). He was the University of Oregon’s commencement speaker in 2008. He has published numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. His current research interests include the effectiveness of international environmental agreements (focusing at present on climate change, fisheries, and transboundary air pollution) and he has developed a database of all multilateral environmental treaties and corresponding performance indicators. He is the co-director (with C. Susan Weiler of Whitman College) of the Dissertation Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS) program which helps new scientists working on climate change develop interdisciplinary skills to improve their understanding of, and ability to help solve, the problem of climate change — He teaches courses on international relations, international environmental politics, and international organization. Home Page:

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