Louise Dunlap found two vocations during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1964—writing teacher and community activist. Always seeking to combine them, she taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, during its founding years as an urban campus and then in graduate planning and environmental programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, and many others. She has taught writing to city workers, foundation staff, environmental professionals, and adult education students. She offers workshops for citizen activists in the labor, women's rights, peace, racial justice, and environmental movements around the United States and in South Africa. Dunlap is currently lecturer in urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.
Louise Dunlap received her doctorate in English literature from UC Berkeley in 1976, and has since lived in the Boston area without losing touch with her roots in Northern California. She has shared struggles for justice with activists from many movements, serving on the Cambridge Peace Commission and a co-operative housing board, and participating in peace walks and civil action on nuclear weapons, climate change, slavery and racism, the Wounded Knee Massacre, and the Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes and photographs on social and environmental issues and teaches yoga and Buddhist meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.