Betsy Hartmann, professor emerita of development studies, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Her research, writing, and lecturing focus on the intersections between population, migration, environment, and security issues. During her time at Hampshire, she served as the director of the Population and Development Program. She is the author of The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War and Our Call to Greatness and the feminist classic Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control as well as two political thrillers about the far right, The Truth about Fire and Deadly Election. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. In 2015 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair based in New Delhi, India. She is currently working on a novel about the opiate crisis and war on drugs.