Faculty book receives second award

Méndez and Climate Change book cover

Méndez wins Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Award

Michael Méndez’ book, “Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement,” has won the 2021 Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award. 

The book, according to the award committee, “provides much needed hope during these challenging times by giving us a viable model for development of environmental policies that takes into account the lived experiences of people in their local communities as well as addressing common problems across place and scale.”

Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, will be feted at the AHS annual meeting in Jackson, Miss., in November.

The AHS honor is the book’s second award. In April, “Climate Change from the Streets” won the International Studies Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award.

“Climate Change from the Streets” argues that for society to successfully resolve the phenomenon of climate change, “critical attention must be placed on the cultural and human dimensions of climate policy.” 

Méndez has a B.A. in urban studies and planning from Cal State Northridge, an M.A. in urban studies and planning from MIT and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. And, he completed a three-year faculty fellowship at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Mimi Ko Cruz
Director of Communications


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