Visiting Scholar, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies

Richard Widick holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he lectured on theory, culture, media, globalization, social movements and environment before coming to the Orfalea Center. He is the author of Trouble in the Forest: California’s Redwood Timber Wars, an ethnography, cultural analysis, and 150 year social history of the US colonization and industrialization of California’s northern redwood region, a history of the Indian wars and labor trouble that set the legal, social and ecological conditions for converging peoples, labor and environmental movements in the present era of globalization. In preparation of a new manuscript The International Climate Wars, he has conducted fieldwork with collaborator John Foran (sociology, UCSB) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 17 (COP17), in Durban, South Africa, 2011, and will attend the upcoming COP18 at Doha, Qatar, in the fall of 2012. Widick and Foran are founders and co-directors of The International Institute of Climate Action & Theory (iicat), and publicize their climate-related work at

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