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Donald A. Brown

Scholar in Residence

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Phone: 717.541.1911

Donald Brown joined the faculty as Scholar in Residence for Sustainability Ethics and Law through Widener Law Commonwealth's Environmental Law and Sustainability Center.

Professor Brown comes to Widener Law Commonwealth from Penn State University, where he taught interdisciplinary courses on climate change and sustainable development. He also directed the Pennsylvania Environmental Research Consortium, an organization of 56 Pennsylvania universities and the Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources. He previously worked as program manager for United Nations Organizations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Environmental Policy. He represented the agency on U.S. delegations to the United Nations negotiating climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development issues.

At Widener Law Commonwealth, he researches and presents public presentations on climate change, ethics and sustainability.

Selected Publications

  • “Global Climate Change and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience”, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics 11:3-12 (Lemons, Brown)
  • “Ethical Limitations of the Copenhagen Accord: A Response to Development Ethics and the Copenhagen Accord: How Important Are the Global Poor?” ( Allen Thompson, Ethics, Place and the Environment, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2010) (Brown)
  • “Responsibility to Reduce Energy Consumption, Conserve Energy”, Hofstra Law Review, VOL. 37, NO 4., SUMMER 2009 (Dernbach, Brown)
  • “The Role of the National Science Foundation Broader Impacts Criteria In Enhancing Ethics Pedagogy”, Social Epistomology, Vol. 3. No 3, 4 July, 2009, pp. 317-336 (Schenkie, Tuana, Brown, Davis, Keller, Stickler, and Baum)
  • Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change Ethics In Light of a Thirty-Five Year Debate, Rutlidge-Earthscan, (Brown) [forthcoming]
  • American Heat: Ethical Problems with the United States Response to Global Warming, (Brown) Roman and Littlefield, Latham, Maryland, 2002.


BS, Drexel Institute of Technology
MA, New School for Social Research
JD, Seton Hall University School of Law

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