Christian Hunold, PhD

Associate Professor, History & Politics

Photograph of Christian Hunold

Office: 3025 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.6089


  • MA, Political Science, 1993
  • PhD, Political Science, 1998

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, Political Theory


One of my teachers at the University of Pittsburgh thought the only good reason for studying politics was to figure out how to make democracy work better. I hope that this concern for democracy's health is evident in my own teaching and writing on the politics of nuclear waste, deliberative democracy, and environmental movements. In most of my writing I draw on work in comparative politics and political theory to make sense of democratic politics. My next project examines how European activists campaigning for improved food safety and animal welfare regulations are helping to create genuinely transnational public spheres, without which it would be hard to imagine a more democratic European Union.

The company of cats and racing for the Tri-State Velo cycling team ( keep me out of trouble in my spare time.


  • Hunold, C. (2005.) Green Political Theory and the European Union: The Case for a Nonintegrated Civil Society. Environmental Politics 14(3), 324-343.
  • Hunold, C. & Dryzek, J. S. (2005). Green Political Strategy and the State: Combining Political Theory and Comparative History. In John Barry & Robyn Eckersley (Eds.), The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (pp.75-95). Boston, MA: MIT Press.
  • Hunold, C. (2004). Procedural and Substantive Criteria for Siting Justice. Swiss Political Science Review 10(4), 192-201.
  • Hunold, C. (2002). Canada 's Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Problem: Voluntarism Reconsidered . Environmental Politics, 11 (2), 49-72.
  • Hunold, C. & Dryzek, J. S. (2002). Green Political Theory and the State: Context is Everything. Global Environmental Politics, 2 (3), 17-39.
  • Dryzek, J. S., Hunold, C. & Schlosberg, D. (2002). Environmental Transformation of the State: The USA, Norway, Germany , and the UK . Political Studies, 50 (4), 659-682.