Timothy C. Weiskel graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. He trained as a social anthropologist and historian as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford and the École Pratique des Hautes Éudes in Paris. Following fieldwork in West Africa, he received a DPhil from Oxford University and returned to the US to teach anthropology and history at Williams College, Yale, and Harvard.
Weiskel has published several books and articles including French Colonial Rule and the Baule Peoples: Resistance and Collaboration, 1889-1911 (Oxford University Press, 1980) and Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Pattern, Trend and Prospect (Pierian Press, 1992), based upon his 1988 testimony presented to the United States Senate in support of legislation to limit carbon emissions. His current research concentrates upon belief systems within cultures and how core cultural beliefs can either facilitate change or block change over time.
In 2001, he co-founded The Climate Talks Project along with Professor William Moomaw of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. This group has convened scholars, business leaders, NGO activists, journalists and concerned citizens to discuss effective means of mobilizing civil society to respond to the evolving global climate crisis.
Weiskel convened the Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA) and founded Food-Matters.tv and EcoJustice.tv to provide current news and information to students and fellow faculty working in the realm of environmental science, environmental ethics, and the conditions required for free and objective inquiry into the environmental future facing the human community. Weiskel consults with schools, universities, corporations, municipalities, and national governments to create on-site and online training programs to help them envision the necessary transformations we must all now undertake to enable the human community to move to a post carbon-fueled world.
- DPhil, University of Oxford