Stephanie Kaza is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University
of Vermont, serving the Environmental
Program with an appointment through the Rubenstein
School of Environment and Natural Resources. She teaches and advises
undergraduate and graduate students with a concentration in the environmental
humanities. Her courses include: Religion and Ecology, Ecofeminism,
Unlearning Consumerism, and Introduction to Environmental Studies.
Dr. Kaza’s interdisciplinary approach is reflected in her academic
training: Ph.D. in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A.
in Education, Stanford University; M.Div., Starr King School for the
Ministry; and B.A. in Biology, Oberlin College. As co-chair of the UVM
Environmental Council, Professor Kaza has been actively engaged
in campus sustainability initiatives to reduce waste, conserve energy,
and promote environmental values.
Dr. Kaza is currently President of the Society
for Buddhist-Christian Studies and is an active member of the Religion
and Ecology group of the American Academy of Religion. She is the
author of numerous articles on Buddhist environmental thought as well
as The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees, meditative
essays on deep ecological relations with trees, and co-editor (with
Kenneth Kraft) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism.
Her latest book is an edited collection on Buddhism and consumerism
entitled Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge
to Consume. She writes a regular ecology column for Turning Wheel,
journal of the Buddhist