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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.
Dr. Lyn Ragsdale

Dr. Lyn Ragsdale

Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science
Rice University

Lyn Ragsdale is the Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science.  Previously, she was the Dean of Social Sciences and Rice University from 2006 to 2016 and the head of the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2001 to 2006, after having been on the faculty of the University of Arizona for 20 years.  Professor Ragsdale received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1982.  She is the past president of the Western Political Science Association and has served as the editor of the Political Research Quarterly.  She has been a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation and worked on Capitol Hill.  She has written four books and numerous articles on the American presidency and electoral behavior.  Her most recent book, Vital Statistics on the Presidency was published in its third edition this year.  Her current research is about the major decisions of American presidents and American non-voters.