Steven D. Chase (PhD)

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies

AUNE Contact Information

Highest Degree

PhD, Antioch University New England

Other Degrees & Credentials

MS, Antioch University New England

Areas of Expertise

environmental justice, corporate globalization, peak oil, economic relocalization, the international Transition movement, grassroots organizing, social movement history, nonviolent direct action, and faith-based activism


Steve Chase teaches and advises in the master’s program concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability  the only existing graduate ES program in the country specifically tailored to the training needs of professional public interest advocates and community organizers. Taking a broad view of environmental politics, the program addresses the overlapping issues of ecological sustainability, social justice, and democratic control over corporations and community-based transition initiatives moving from oil dependence to local resilience.

I founded this unusual graduate program to train effective public interest advocates and organizers who would work for wilderness protection, public health, and sustainability as well as peace, social justice, the democratic control of corporations. History repeatedly shows that well-trained activists build stronger, more successful social change movements.

In support of his three year effort to create the Environmental Studies master’s concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, which welcomed its first cohort of students in Fall 2002, Steve received a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship Award in 2000 and a Switzer Environmental Leadership Grant in 2002. In 2003, he was named an Ella Baker Fellow, a new fellowship program inspired by Ella Baker, the associate of Dr. Martin Luther King who founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s.

A longtime activist, writer, and popular educator, Steve is currently active with the International Transition Movement and was one of the co-founders of the Transition Keene Task Force the 56th Transition Initiative in the United States and the first in New Hampshire. He is also active in progressive community radio, a trained facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, and a Visiting Instructor for Pendle Hill, a Quaker Study and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania.

Steve has three grown children and lives with his wife Katy in Keene, New Hampshire. He is very active with the Putney Friends Meeting (a Quaker congregation) in nearby Vermont. Whenever he gets a chance, he’s out hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.