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Dr. Noah Toly, Global Environmental Law and Policy Expert, Joins Au Sable Faculty

Dec 05, 2012

Au Sable Institute is pleased and honored to announce the addition of Dr. Noah Toly, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College, to its 2013 faculty. Dr. Toly will team teach, with Dr. Ralph Stearley and Dr. Jason VanHorn of Calvin College, Au Sable’s Land Resources course (Biol/Geol/Geog 301) during Summer Session I at Au Sable’s Great Lakes campus, replacing Dr. Jamie Skillen of Calvin College who is on sabbatical in 2013. 

Recognized internationally as a global expert in environmental law and policy, Dr. Toly is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters in his field, as well as the author or editor of five books, including, Cities and International Relations (co-editor) and Transforming Power: Energy, Environment, and Society in Conflict (co-editor). Dr. Toly is currently editor of the Routledge book publication series, Cities and Global Governance, and was selected to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Program for 2011-2013. 

A leading figure in the integration of environmental policy and Christian faith, Dr. Toly is co-editor (with Daniel Block) of Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective and a contributor to the Handbook of Religion and Politics (2009) with his essay, “Changing the Climate of Religious Internationalism: Evangelical Responses to Global Warming and Human Suffering.” For 2012-2013, Dr. Toly was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago. Among his current work efforts, Dr. Toly has recently completed a co-authored introduction to the life and work of French social theorist and theologian, Jacques Ellul. He is continuing his ongoing research on the intersection of global environmental governance and Christian ethics, as well as his collaborative research with various scholars on cities and climate change. 

Fred Van Dyke, Au Sable’s Executive Director noted, “When you get someone of the breadth and depth of scholarly accomplishment that Noah has, you almost expect that person to be some stuffy, aloof, hard-to-get-along with recluse. Noah is just the opposite. Whether he is working with students, other faculty, or non-academic professionals in law and policy, Noah is one of the most engaging and likable people I have ever met. At Wheaton, students love taking courses with him and flock to his classes. Getting him to join Au Sable’s faculty this year will help to make this a great summer for the Institute. I encourage students to hurry and register for the remaining open slots in the Land Resources course.”  

Au Sable welcomes Dr. Noah Toly to its teaching faculty!