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John Wooding

John Wooding

John Wooding, Political Science, Economic & Social Development of Regions, Center for Industrial Competitiveness, Global Studies

Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Acting Director 2016-17
O'Leary 5th Floor


Public Policy, International Political Economy, British Politics 

Research Interest

A political scientist by training, my major area of research and expertise includes the politics of occupational health and safety and environmental regulation, international political economy and the politics of developed countries.

Educational Background

Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, studied International Relations at Cornell and received his Doctoral degree in political science from Brandeis University.


John Wooding received his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, studied international relations at Cornell and received his doctoral degree in political science from Brandeis University.

He is a full professor of political science at UMass, Lowell.   He was a founding member and chair of the interdisciplinary graduate department of Regional, Economic and Social Development (RESD).  He served as Provost of the campus from 2003 to 2007. He has authored or co-authored numerous works in occupational safety and health and environmental regulation, science and technology policy, international labor movements, and political theory.  He is co-authored of three books: John Wooding and Charles Levenstein, The Point of Production: The Political Economy of the Work Environment, Guilford Press, 1999, John Wooding and Charles Levenstein, Work, Health, And Environment: Old Problems, New Solutions, Guilford Press , 1997, and Kristin Esterberg and John Wooding, Divided Conversations: Identities, Leadership and Change in Public Higher Education, University of Vanderbilt Press, 2013.  He is also co-editor of the book series Work, Health and Environment.


Wooding has worked extensively in the Lowell community and is or has been a member of the boards of:  The Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Lowell Community Software Lab, the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Mill City Grows, Lowell Food Security Council, SayDaNa (Burmese Community Coalition), the Committee on Innovative Cities, Lowell Film Festival and, several years, he has chaired the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL).  He served as coordinator of the group that brought Where Elephants Weep to Lowell in 2007.  In addition he is a board member of the Greeley Peace Scholar Foundation that brought peace activists such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee to Lowell.  He is also a board member of the Kingston-Mann Diversity Scholarship Committee at UMass Boston and a Senior Fellow at the New England Center for Research on Higher Education at UMB.