John Wooding

John Wooding, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of Political Science and former chair of the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development.  He served as Provost at UMass Lowell from 2003 until 2007.

He has written and published extensively on the politics of environmental and occupational health and on urban and community development.  His last book was a co-authored work on the politics of higher education.  He is currently writing a biography of Richard Bartlett Gregg.  Gregg was the first American to study (in India) with Mahatma Gandhi and author of The Power of Non Violence, one of the most significant works on pacifism published in the twentieth century.  The book will be the first full-length treatment of Gregg’s life and politics.

He has taught courses on peace and conflict, international relations, environmental politics, international health, work environment policy, and international political economy.  He has advised masters’ students in regional economic and social development, the peace and conflict program, and doctoral students in  Work Environment and Global Studies at UML..   He has served for several years as a board member and co-chair of the Greeley Scholar for Peace Program.

Wooding works extensively with local community organizations.  He was Board Chair of the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) for several years.  He has also been a board member of the Merrimack Repertory Theater, SayDaNa (Burmese com m unity organization), and Lowell’s Innovative Cities.   He is currently President of Mill City Grows a Lowell-based food justice and community food organization.  He chairs the Steering Committee for Lowell Celebrates Earth Day and is currently promoting an initiative to develop Lowell as a Learning City as part of the UNESCO Global Learning Cities Program.

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Dr. John Wooding
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
UMass Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854