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Fatemeh Shafiei HeadshotFatemeh Shafiei, Ph.D., is the director of the environmental studies program, associate professor of the   Department of Political Science at Spelman College, and the co-chair of the Sustainable Committee at Spelman. She was chair of the Department of Political Science from 2012 to August 2021. She served as a member (2012-2018) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), the Federal Advisory Committee that advises the EPA on environmental justice issues. 

She is also the co-founder and co-leader of Greater Atlanta Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) which the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) acknowledged as sixth in the U.S. and 164th in the world on Education for Sustainable Development. 

Dr. Shafiei has published in the areas of public policy, environmental justice, environmental policy, and environmental determinants of health disparities and environmental education. She has served as an invited keynote speaker, keynote listener, panelist, chair, section chair, panel organizer, moderator and discussant in numerous conferences and forums.

An expert/leader in advancing integration of sustainability into curricula for decades, Dr. Shafiei has hosted and directed many projects such as the “Toxic Release Inventory Regional Workshop” and the “Environmental Justice Summit,” among others. 

Dr. Shafiei is the recipient of the 2023 Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award, the 2023 Distinguished Service Award, and the 2020 Distinguished Service Award all from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). She is also the recipient of “Environmental Justice Pioneer Award,” from Citizens for Environmental Justice.  


University of California, Riverside, Ph.D., Political Science 

University of California, Riverside, B.A., Political Science