Michael Menser first started teaching at Brooklyn College as an adjunct in 1995, became full time in 2003, and was tenured in 2009. He recently served on the BC Sustainability Council and the Provost’s Task Force on City-Based Sustainability Education. He advises Students for Global Justice club and is president of the Participatory Budgeting Project. He is also a member of the doctoral faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.
His current areas of research are environmental ethics and social-political philosophy especially with respect to the food system, bioregionalism, and urban democracy. His most recent publications are on food sovereignty and he is finishing a book on participatory democracy (PD) which explores theoretical and practical issues of PD in the arenas of politics, economics and culture from a variety of political and social movement perspectives. Relatedly, he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Project, an NGO which helped to start the first PB processes in the US in Chicago, NYC, and Vallejo, California and is an active member of the PB committee in the 45th NYC Council District and at Brooklyn College.