Associate Professor of Politics
- Environmental Studies
- Ph.D., George Washington University
- J.D., Suffolk University
- B.A., Clark University
217 Landrum Boiling Center
Introduction to Politics; American Presidency; Political Parties and Elections; Congress and Public Policy; Environmental Policy I – Climate; Environmental Policy II – Energy; Environmental Policy III – International Approaches; Constitutional Law; The American Empire – Are We Rome?; American National Security Policy via Film; Urban Policy and Climate Change in Europe.
Thor Hogan is an Associate Professor of Politics and Environmental Studies at Earlham College. After completing his undergraduate degree at Clark University, he worked for two years as a speechwriter and deputy communications director for the Democratic Party in Massachusetts - while going to law school at night (fun stuff!). In 1998, Thor moved to Washington, DC to start graduate work at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University. At the same time, he began an eight-year career as a policy researcher at a series of think tanks - this included half a decade as a project director within the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute. In this capacity, he was the principal investigator on numerous studies conducted for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Thor's research focuses on science and technology policy, currently looking primarily at climate and energy issues. He is the award winning author of 'Mars Wars: The Rise and Fall of the Space Exploration Initiative,' which examined the history of a failed policy during the presidency of George H.W. Bush – you can find the book at Amazon.com. He is completing work on a co-authored book entitled 'The View From Space: NASA's Evolving Struggle to Understand Our Home Planet,' which is a multi-decade policy history of the Earth Observing System. Thor has begun writing a third book entitled “Hydrocarbon Nation: How Energy Security Made Our Nation Great and Climate Security Will Save Us,” which investigates the role hydrocarbons have played in the rise of the American Empire and the need for a sustainability revolution to ensure we create a renewed American Republic in the climate age. Thor has engaged a large number of students in his research via independent studies and collaborative research projects.
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Thor lives in Oxford, Ohio with his partner Kate, son Sam, and dog Izzy. Kate is an Assistant Professor of Family Studies at Miami University, where her teaching and research focuses on issues of family diversity - she and Thor met more than twenty years ago as undergraduates. Sam is an energetic two-year old who is currently obsessed with firefighters, while his parents are constantly enjoying the miracle that is language acquisition. Thor, Kate, and Izzy are avid trail runners, visiting the Miami nature preserve most every morning. Thor is a dedicated traveler and trekker. In the past decade he has traveled on five continents, while trekking in the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Thor's other great passion is cooking, although he does this mostly during summers spent in Rhode Island.