Tom Hilde is Research Professor in the School of Public Policy. He teaches courses in International Environmental Agreements, Moral Dimensions of Public Policy, Environment & Development, and Environmental Ethics. He also created and directs a course that travels to Indonesia (Bali, Sumatra, and Java) on complex social-ecological systems, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development and leads another course in Peru (Madre de Dios, Amazon and Lima) on sustainable development, resource conflict, and human rights.
Trained in philosophy (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University), Hilde moved to UMD from New York University, where he directed the Environmental Conservation Education Program and the Applied Philosophy Group, and taught interdisciplinary seminars in environmental politics and ethics, globalization, and international development. He has also taught at Penn State and Texas A&M.
His research and publications involve conceptual and normative analysis and evaluation of complex adaptive social-ecological systems, and adaptive institutions and policies in the areas of international environmental policy and ethics, sustainable development, democracy and human rights, climate change adaptation, and agriculture and food security. He has participated in the UNFCCC process and in influencing government positions on climate ethics in China and has done work for the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Hilde was a Fulbright scholar in Venezuela in 2005. He is currently Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University.
Prof. Hilde co-edited the book, The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism (2000); translated Stalinism and Nazism: History and Memory Compared (2004); and edited the book, On Torture (2008), a subject on which he has also given congressional testimony. Current projects include a co-authored volume on organized crime and environmental policy and institutions, a collaborative research project on tax havens and environmental crime, and an edited volume on pragmatism and policy analysis as well as several papers on environmental issues in Indonesia.
Hilde has lived in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and France. He makes his home today in the Washington, DC area.