Ethan L. Miller

Lecturer in Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

Hedge Hall, Room G05


B.A., Bates College ’00 (Environmental Studies); M.S., UMass Amherst (Geography); PhD, Western Sydney University (Political and Social Thought)

Ethan Miller is an interdisciplinary lecturer at Bates College, teaching in Environmental Studies, Politics, and Anthropology. His research focuses on challenging and rethinking the distinctions between “economy,” “society,” and “environment” in sustainable development practice (particularly in Maine); on developing new concepts for understanding and negotiating our interdependencies with human and non-human communities, and on cultivating and strengthening diverse practices of livelihood beyond conventional capitalist employment. He pursues much of this work in conversation and collaboration with fellow members of the international Community Economies Collective.

Ethan has also been engaged for the past eighteen years with an array of projects focused on cooperative and ecological livelihood, including the Wild Mountain Cooperative homestead (formerly known as the JED Collective), and the Land in Common community land trust.

His first book, Reimagining Livelihoods: Life Beyond Economy, Society, and Environment is newly released (March 2019) by the University of Minnesota Press.