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Faculty Bio

Josh Gellers

Associate Professor and MAIA Director

Phone: (904) 620-2849

Office: 51/2400



Areas of Expertise

Environmental Politics, Human Rights, International Relations, Comparative Law, Climate Change, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, South Asia, Technology



PhD, Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2014)

MA, Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2009)

MA, Climate & Society, Columbia University (2007)

BA, Political Science, University of Florida (2005)



Josh Gellers, PhD, LEED Green Associate, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, and Honorary Fellow of the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also a 2016-17 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka. In 2015, Josh was a Visiting Scholar-in-Residence in Global Environmental Constitutionalism at Widener University Delaware Law School. His research focuses on environmental politics in the developing world, with an emphasis on environmental rights and development finance. Josh's work has appeared in International Environmental Agreements, Journal of Environment and Development, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Global Environmental Politics, Review of Policy Research, Sustainability Science, and Transnational Environmental Law, among others. He has served as a researcher for the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, and Earth Institute at Columbia University, and consulted for Sierra Club Green Home and UNDP. Josh runs Enviro Rights Map, a free Google maps-based website which catalogs constitutional environmental rights throughout the world. He is the author of The Global Emergence of Constitutional Environmental Rights (Routledge 2017). Josh's work has been cited in several UN reports: UNDP (2014), UNDP (2015), UNEP (2017), UNGA (2018), UNEP (2019), and UNESCAP (2019). His latest book project focuses on rights and robots (under contract with Routledge).