H. Paul Friesema (1936-2013)

Sadly,Professor Friesema passed away on March 8 of this year.  Many of you know Professor Friesema through his many years of directing the Environmental Policy and Culture Program, which he helped create in 2005. Professor Friesema has been a member of the Department of Political Science and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research since 1968. He also created the Northwestern Environmental Field School, which has allowed students to experience and study the National Parks. Although he retired several years ago, Professor Friesema was still teaching and advising students this year.


Paul Friesema was the author of many scholarly books and articles on environmental decision-making, the environmental struggles of native peoples, urban political institutions, and the management of natural resources. Professor Friesema has taught generations of students about the sustainable use of natural resources and inspired them to appreciate the role of individuals, communities, and government in protecting the environment. 


March 14, 2013