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Professor of Political Science
Department Chair

Michael Gunter, Jr., Ph.D. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he chairs the Department of Political Science and serves as the college’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. A former Fulbright Scholar for the US State Department at Univerzita Komenského in the Slovak Republic, and a veteran traveler across all seven continents, Gunter writes and speaks about climate change politics, ecotourism, and all things sustainable development. His work has appeared in/on Inside Higher Ed, NPR, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Books include: Climate Travels: How Ecotourism Changes Mindsets and Motivates Action (Columbia University Press, 2023), Tales of an Eco-tourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us about Climate Change (SUNY, 2018), and Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity (Dartmouth, 2004/2006). His literary agent is Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.


BA, Vanderbilt University
PhD, MA, University of Kentucky

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