Karen Litfin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of political science at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1992. Karen’s first two books were Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics. Her latest book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community, traces her yearlong journey to ecovillages around the world in search of lessons to help build a viable human future. Karen takes an innovative “person/planet politics” approach to teaching rooted in two questions: What does it mean to come of age at the dawn of the Anthropocene, as we learn that prevailing institutions, practices and values are unraveling the tapestry of life? And how does one serve as a mentor under these conditions? Karen is currently working on a book based upon her twenty years of experience with contemplative pedagogical practices in environmental and global education.