Andrew J. Hoffman


Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise

University of Michigan

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Hoffman also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute.

Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political, and managerial issues. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters as well as fourteen books, which have been translated into five languages. His most recent books include How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse, and Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling.

He has been awarded the Maggie Award (2013), JMI Breaking the Frame Award (2012), Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001), and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including The Atlantic, New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Hoffman worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design, and the Amoco Corporation. Hoffman serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation,  and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.