Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise | University of Michigan
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at Michigan Ross and the School for Environment & Sustainability.
Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political, and managerial issues. He also writes about the role of academic scholars in public and political issues. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters, as well as fifteen books, which have been translated into six languages. His most recent books include How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse; Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling; and Re-engaging with Sustainability in the Anthropocene Era.
He has been awarded the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award (2016), American Chemical Society National Award (2016), Maggie Award (2013), JMI Breaking the Frame Award (2012), Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2009 and 2011), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award (2003 and 2016), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001), and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.
He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Hoffman worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design, and the Amoco Corporation. Hoffman serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.