Stephen E. Van Holde began teaching at Kenyon in 1990. In the Department of Political Science, he teaches courses in environmental politics, comparative politics, international relations and the politics of science. He also regularly teaches in the international studies and environmental studies programs.
Van Holde is, with Lars Mjoset of the University of Oslo, co-editor of “The Comparative Study of Conscription in the Armed Forces” and currently is completing a book on the social, political and environmental impacts of consumerism and consumption in China and around the world. He also has written more widely in the fields of environmental politics and science and politics, authoring papers on topics such as the science and politics of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Van Holde has contributed substantially to the international studies program and the environmental studies program, serving on both their committees and, since 2016, as the director of international studies. In addition, he has taught in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies (IPHS). He has served the College as a member of Campus Senate, the chair of the Curricular Policy Committee and the committee that designed the environmental studies program.
During the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years, Van Holde was the Fei Yi-Ming Professor of Politics at the SAIS Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. He returned to China for several weeks in 2014 to lecture on consumption and to do additional research on the topic.
1993 — Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University
1986 — Master of Arts from Cornell University
1979 — Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College