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Michael K. Menser
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: (347) 446-5361
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003
Research Interests: Participatory democracy; environmental justice; urban sustainability; food sovereignty; socio-ecological resilience;
Michael Menser is a tenured Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Brooklyn College, board member of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. He is also the co-founder and President of the Board of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project. PB is a process in which part of a public budget is turned over to those who are most impacted by that budget. Menser is completing a book on PB and other participatory democratic programs that have been undertaken by governments, businesses, and communities. In particular, he is interested in democratic theories and practices that focus on ecological and social justice in urban regions and food systems.

Recent Publications:
"The Bioregion and Social Difference: Learning From Young's Metropolitan Regionalism." Environmental Ethics. 2014

"Transnational Self-Determination, Food Sovereignty and the State." Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food. Eds. Jeffrey Ayres and Michael Bosia. 2014 Menser, Michael and Ron Hayduk. "Participatory Budgeting: Governing at the Grassroots." Clarion, February. 2014

"The Participatory Metropolis, or Resilience Requires Democracy." Center for Humans and Nature. 2013

"Disarticulate the State! Maximizing Democracy in 'New' Autonomous Movements in the Americas." Democracy, States and the Struggle for Global Justice. Eds. Neil Smith, Omar Dahbour, Heather Gautney and Ashley Dawson. Routledge. 2009.

Affiliations: Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, NYC