Professor Thomson's Resume:

Vivian E. Thomson                      
Associate Professor, University of Virginia                              
Vice Chair, State Air Pollution Control Board                          


Environmental policy expert with 20+ years of practical and academic experience
at local, state, national, and international levels
Vice Chair, State Air Pollution Control Board (appointed twice, by Governors Warner and Kaine)
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics
Author of forthcoming (2009) book, Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance
Trash Transport
Founder and Director of U. Va. interdisciplinary BA program, Environmental Thought and Practice

Director, University of Virginia Panama Initiative
Guest Scholar, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Fulbright Professor of American Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Senior air pollution analyst and manager, US Environmental Protection Agency
Consultant on energy and environmental issues

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia (1997 to present)
Department of Environmental Sciences, Department of Politics

Senior policy analyst and manager, United States Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, California (regional office) and Washington, DC (national headquarters)

Princeton University – AB, Biology (Ecology)
University of California, Santa Barbara - MA, Biology (Ecology)
University of Virginia – Ph.D., Government

Vice Chair, State Air Pollution Control Board (member 2002 to present)
Appointed by Governor Mark Warner (re-appointed by Governor Tim Kaine) to this seven-member regulatory body, which makes air pollution policy and approves regulations for Virginia.
Member, 1996 Charlottesville/Albemarle Task Force on Solid Waste (appointed by City Council)

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
Guest scholar, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (2005-2006)
Sesquicentennial sabbatical leave, University of Virginia (2005)
Fulbright Chair in American Studies, University of Southern Denmark (2001-2002). (See article here)
Resident Fellow, Virginia Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy (1990)
Bronze medal, US Environmental Protection Agency (1985)

Publications, Lectures, and Conference Presentations (full list available upon request)
Book ( 2009,University of Virginia Press): Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport. Explores the growing phenomenon of long-distance trash transport and related trash management issues. Compares waste generation and consumption patterns in the US with those in the European Union and Japan.  Marketplace interview broadcast on National Public Radio, November 2007 (
UVA Today Off The Shelf Radio Program

Articles, book review in politics, botany, air pollution, atmospheric science, and ethics publications. Extended reports on: the air toxics problem in the United States; air pollution in the Southern Appalachian Mountains; and, global climate change.  Collaborations with US Environmental Protection Agency, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service.  Pew Center publication ("Early Observations on the European Union's Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme: Insights for United States Policymakers") available here.

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures--major political science organizations (APSA, MPSA, IPSA), Scandinavian social science association, American Philosophical Association, Fondazione per l'Ambiente (Turin, Italy), Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Landesentwicklung und Umweltfragen (Augsburg, Germany), European Consortium for Political Research.  Venues have included Oxford University, Free University of Berlin, Goeteborg University, University of Southern Denmark, University of Tampere (Finland), University of Delaware, Emory University, Stanford University, Auburn University, College of William and Mary.

Webcast, October 21, 2008 release of the Virginia Climate Change Survey:

An early demonstration of her commitment to the environment...