Richard Worthington is a policy analyst focused on problems of science and technology, the environment, globalization, and grassroots democracy. He is currently Professor and of Politics and chair of the Program in Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College. He has also chaired the Program in Science, Technology and Society of the Claremont Colleges on numerous occasions. Previously he was on the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was a founding member and first graduate director of the Department of Science and Technology Studies that now offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in STS. Rick received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, all in political science.
For the past six years, Rick has served on the Board of Trustees of the Loka Institute, whose mission is “Making Research, Science and Technology Responsive to Democratically-Decided Social and Environmental Concerns.” Loka has advocated for public participation in the development of nanotechnology, playing a key role in the inclusion of participatory provisions in the 2003 federal nanotechnology R&D bill. He is currently coordinating U.S. participation in World Wide Views on Global Warming, a project to engage ordinary citizens in 30 countries in dialogues on climate change policy that will provide input to the December 2009 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting.
Rick’s collaborative research activities include the design and implementation of an industry-funded research program at the University of Southern California’s Center for Telecommunications Management staffed by loaned executives, faculty and graduate researchers; and the supervision of some 60 community-based research projects in Southern California since 2000. He is currently contributing two chapters to an edited volume on community-based research in the undergraduate curriculum. He is the author of Rethinking Globalization: Production, Politics, Actions (Peter Lang, 2000), and many scholarly and general readership articles in science and environmental policy, and politics in the Americas.