Environmental Studies at UVM

Brian Tokar

Lecturer II

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Areas of Interest: 

Social and environmental movements, climate justice, social ecology, GMOs and food justice


Brian Tokar has been an activist, author and a well-known critical voice for ecological activism since the 1980s. He is currently the director of the Institute for Social Ecology and Lecturer II in Environmental Studies at UVM. Brian's books include The Green Alternative  (1987, revised 1992), Earth for Sale  (1997), and Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change, published in 2010. He edited two books on the politics of biotechnology, Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders, and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal (with UVM Professor Emeritus, Fred Magdoff). He is a senior advisor and board member of 350-Vermont, and his articles on environmental issues and popular movements appear in Z Magazine and Green Social Thought, and on popular websites such as Counterpunch, ZNet, Alternet, and Toward Freedom.

Brian has lectured throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, received a Project Censored award for his investigative history of Monsanto (originally published in The Ecologist), and was an organizer of the annual “Biojustice” protests focused on the biotechnology industry from 2000 - 2007. Brian also represents UVM's part-time faculty on the Executive Council of our faculty union, United Academics.


  • M.A. Biophysics, Harvard University, 1981
  • B.S. Physics and Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

Other Professional Affiliations: 

  • Institute for Social Ecology
  • 350-Vermont

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