Fellows & Grantees

Elizabeth DeSombre

Abe Fellowship 2017
Project Title
Comparative Influences on Port Sustainability
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, Wellesley College


Elizabeth R. DeSombre is the Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College.  She works on international environmental politics and law, with a focus on issues of the global commons. Recent books include Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things (Oxford University Press, 2018), Saving Global Fisheries (MIT Press, 2013, co-authored with J. Samuel Barkin), and Flagging Standards: Globalization and Environmental, Safety, and Labor Regulations at Sea (MIT Press, 2006). Current projects include efforts to understand what determines sustainability decision by seaports and what the effects of those decision are.
She is also a folk singer-songwriter with 4 CDs to her name, the most recent of which, Resistance (2017), made it to #10 on the folk charts in the United States.