Peter M. Haas is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Ph.D in 1986 from MIT, and has been at UMASS since 1987. He has had visiting positions at Yale University, Brown, and Oxford. He has published on international relations theory, constructivism, international environmental politics, global governance, and the interplay of science and international institutions at the international level.
His recent work focuses on networked governance and the role of science in international environmental regimes. He is writing a book on the evolution of multilateral environmental governance since 1972.
He is the author of Global Environmental Governance (2006, Island Press, with Gus Speth); Saving the Mediterranean: The Politics of International Environmental Cooperation (1990, Columbia University Press), the edited Knowledge, Power and International Policy Coordination (1997: University of South Carolina Press), Institutions for the Earth: Sources of Effective International Environmental Protection (edited with Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy MIT Press, 1993), a contributing author to Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (2 volumes, 2001, MIT Press), co-editor (with Norichike Kanie) of Emerging Forces in Environmental Governance 2004 UNU Press), and editor of The International Environment in the New Global Economy (2 volumes 2003 Edward Elgar), International Environmental Governance (forthcoming, Ashgate) as well as numerous peer reviewed articles in journals such as International Organization, Millennium, Global Governance, Journal of European Public Policy, Environment, Global Environmental Politics, and Marine Policy, and chapters and encyclopedia entries.
He has consulted for The Commission on Global Governance, the United Nations Environment Programme, United States Department of State, the French government, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Resources Institute. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Gallatin Foundation.