Steven C. Rockefeller, Ph.D.
Author, essayist, and professor emeritus of religion at Middlebury College
Steven C. Rockefeller, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of religion at Middlebury College, where he also served as dean of the College. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism, and the co-editor of two books of essays, The Christ and the Bodhisattva and Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue.
His essays appear in many books and journals. His most recent essay is on “Renewing the American Democratic Faith.” Over the past 25 years, Prof. Rockefeller has played a leading role in the drafting and promotion of the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of global interdependence with fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. He is the author of Democratic Equality, Economic Inequality, and the Earth Charter.
Active in the field of philanthropy, he served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) for 33 years and chaired the Fund’s board from 1998 to 2006. Among the other boards and commission on which he has served are the National Commission on the Environment, the National Audubon Society, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Council of the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.