Thomas F. Shannon Distinguished Lecturer in Environmental Studies Emeritus
DeWitt's distinguished career in government service has made him a renowned figure in the field of public policy. His nationally recognized book Civic Environmentalism is a keystone text in the discipline, earning him the appellation “Mr. Civic Environmentalism” among environmental scholars. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy for Public Administration, a distinction shared by the likes of Colin Powell and Sandra Day O’Connor.
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  • PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1992
  • MA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1969
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, 1964; Harvard University, 1964
  • Research Student, London School of Economics