John Wooding

John Wooding

John Wooding is a political scientist and former chair of the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development.  He served as Provost at UMass Lowell from 2003 until 2007.  He has written and published extensively on the politics of environmental and occupational health and on urban and community development.  His last book was a co-authored work on the politics of higher education.  He is currently writing a biography of Richard Bartlett Gregg.  Gregg was the first American to study (in India) with Mahatma Gandhi.  Gregg’s The Power of Non Violence, was one of the most significant works on pacifism published in the twentieth century and Martin Luther King wrote a foreword to the second edition of this work.  The book will be the first full-length treatment of Gregg’s life and politics.

He has taught courses on peace and conflict, international relations, environmental politics, international health, work environment policy, and international political economy.  He has advised masters’ students in regional economic and social development, the peace and conflict program and the doctoral program in work environment.   He has served for several years as a board member of the Greeley Peace Fellowship.  He works extensively with local community organizations on food security and cultural development.  He is currently working on two grant-funded projects: the Lowell Data Common which has established a broad community partnership to aid local non-profits gather data and research information for community development, and a project to build awareness around climate change and environmental degradation by promoting extensive activities in Lowell to celebrate Earth Day 2016.