Leslie Paul Thiele

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D, Princeton, 1989

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Leslie Paul Thiele teaches political theory and serves as Director of Sustainability Studies, an undergraduate Major and Minor at UF.  He is also Director of the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science (UF CAIRES), overseeing its Active Learning Program of experiential education for undergraduates.  His interdisciplinary research focuses on political thought, sustainability, emerging technologies, and the intersection of political philosophy and the natural sciences.  His central concerns are the responsibilities of citizenship and the opportunities for leadership in a world of rapid technological, social, and ecological change. His journal articles have appeared in: American Political Science Review; Political Theory; Perspectives on Politics; Polity; Theory and Event; Theoria; Environmental Ethics; Canadian Journal of Political Science; New Political Science; Politics and the Life Sciences; Journal of Modern History; Policy Studies Journal; Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Science; International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education; and Alternatives, among others. He has published 9 books, including Sustainability (Polity 2016) and The Art and Craft of Political Theory (Routledge 2019).