About Us


William Ophuls is the pen name of Patrick Ophuls. He served for eight  years as a Foreign Service Officer in Washington, Abidjan, and Tokyo  before receiving a PhD in political science from Yale University in  1973. After teaching briefly at Northwestern University, he became an  independent scholar and author. He has published three books on the  ecological, social, and political challenges confronting modern  industrial civilization. When not at his writing desk, he spends his  time rambling in nature, either in his  native California or in the  mountains of Europe. 

My Publications

Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity, W. H. Freeman & Co., 1977

Winner of the American  Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award 1977 for best  book on American public policy and of the International Studies  Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award 1977 for best book on  environmental problems and international affairs. Revised in 1992 by A.  Stephen Boyan, Jr. as Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity Revisited.

Requiem for Modern Politics, Westview Press, 1997

Plato’s Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology, MIT Press, 2011

Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail, CreateSpace, 2012

Sane Polity: A Pattern Language, CreateSpace, 2013