Ellis Jones, M.A. ’92

Published: November 17, 2008

Author: Renée LaReau

Ellis Jones

Ellis Jones is the author of The Better World Handbook, a guide for people who want to make a positive difference in the world. He also has written The Better World Shopping Guide, which offers tips for making socially responsible consumer choices.

Ellis was inspired to write the Better World books after attending Earth Day celebrations in 1990. "I saw the environmental movement engaging people in the context of their daily lives, rather than asking them to take time out of their daily lives," he said. "They were successfully doing something other movements hadn't done. I took tried to take a similar approach to writing the books, which help people become better global citizens rather than convert them to activists"

Ellis's third book, The Social Responsibility Movement, is scheduled to be released in 2009.

After completing his master's degree in peace studies at the Kroc Institute, Ellis joined the Peace Corps, serving in Panama for two years. He later earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He currently teaches sociology at the University of California, Davis.

"What has especially stuck with me from the Kroc Institute was one of our 'Peace and World Order' classes," Ellis said. "We spent three hours brainstorming what a better world would look like. The question resonated with me so much that it's been the driving force behind my work ever since"