SECTION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

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SECTION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

Summer 2022 Newsletter

The Summer 2022 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Norah MacKendrick; A welcome for new section council members (see below); The Environmental Sociology Section schedule for August’s ASA Conference; An announcement about an upcoming conference, Navigating Uncertain Futures: Social Engagement and Transformative Change in Global Socio-Ecological Systems; ASA Environmental Sociology Section Award Winners; An excellent feature essay by Lourdes Vera entitled “How Mentorship Can Challenge Legacies of Oppression in Academia”; and many important recent publications (both books and articles).

New Section Council Members:

Chair-Elect: Debra Davidson, University of Alberta
Legacy Chair: Scott Frickel, Brown University
Council Member-at-Large: Michael Warren Murphy, University of Pittsburgh
Nominations Committee Chair: Cameron T. Whitley, Western Washington University
Publications Committee Chair: Michael Haedicke, University of Maine
Policy and Research Committee Chair: Nikhil Deb, Murray State University
Digital Communications Co-Chair (Webmaster): Michael Lengefeld, Widener University
Digital Communications Co-Chair (Social Media): Christina Ergas, University of Tennessee
Graduate Student Representative: Margaret Walkover, University of Hawai’i – Manoa

2022 Award Winners

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our section awards for 2022. We will be celebrating these achievements at the ASA meeting in August.

Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award

Amalia Leguizamón (Tulane University) for Seeds of Power: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina (2020, Duke University Press) 

Honorable Mention: Colin Jerolmack (New York University) for Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town (2021, Princeton University Press).

Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award

David Pellow (University of California, Santa Barbara)  

Mentorship and Teaching Award 

Kristen Shorette (State University of New York at Stony Brook) 

Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award (co-winners)

Kristen Vinyeta (University of Oregon) for “Under the guise of science: how the US Forest Service deployed settler colonial and racist logics to advance an unsubstantiated fire suppression agenda” and

Daniel Driscoll (University of California, San Diego) for “Populism and Carbon Tax Justice: The Yellow Vest Movement in France.” 

We would like to thank the committee chairs, Rachael Shwom, Sara Grineski, Alissa Cordner, and Janet Lorenzen, as well as the readers/reviewers: Trina Running, Kevin Smiley, Pierce Greenberg, Natasha Miric, Matt Comi, Casey Mullen, and Dalton Richardson, Michael Mendez, Joshua Basseches, Erik Johnson, John Briscoe, Tariq Niazi, Angela Mertig, Jennifer Givens, Annabel Ipsen, and Brian O’Neill, and members of our section council.

Link to Section Awards

April 25th Virtual Event

Our section recently hosted an online event entitled, “Teaching Environmental Sociology in a Time of Radical Flux.” We had such an amazing panel! Much appreciation goes out to Dr. Jennifer Carrera (Michigan State University), Dr. Marla Pérez-Lugo (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), and Dr. Mehmet Soyer (Utah State University).

In case you missed the event (or if you just want to watch it again!), we have a link to the recording of the first part of it: https://youtu.be/No-thPlJnks (we had breakout sessions in the second part, which we didn’t record). What a great event!

Spring 2022 Newsletter

The Spring 2022 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Norah MacKendrick; An announcement about an event entitled “Teaching Environmental Sociology in a Time of Radical Flux” (recording link); Call for extended abstracts for a day-long conference celebrating the life and legacies of Immanuel Wallerstein (PEWS section); An announcement about a CONVERGE Public Health Implications of Hazards and Disaster Research Training Module and Demonstration Webinar (link); An incredible feature essay by Danielle Melvin Koonce entitled “Hog Farming and the Fight for Environmental Justice in Rural, Black Communities”; and many excellent recent publications (both books and articles).

Winter 2022 Newsletter

The Winter 2022 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Norah MacKendrick; Call for Papers (& extended abstracts) for the 2022 American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting; Calls for resources related to diversifying the canon, teaching about the climate crisis, syllabi, etc.; Access to the Zoom recording of Dr. Andrew Curley’s lecture from the inaugural Theory and Community-Building Café; Access to the PFAS Sites and Community Resources Map; a Feature Essay by Dr. Corrie Grosse (recent co-recipient of the section’s Practice and Outreach Award); and many excellent recent publications (both books and articles).

Fall 2021 Newsletter

The Fall 2021 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: The first message from the new section chair, Norah MacKendrick which reflects on the summer ASA meeting and outlines some upcoming session activities; an announcement from the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado – Boulder about a Collecting and Sharing Perishable Data Training Module; an announcement about the launch of a weekly podcast called Coping with Catastrophe Podcast from Education in a Warming World research consortium; and an incredible list of publications (books, articles, and book chapters).

Mission Statement for the Committee on Racial Inclusion, Equity and Justice (CRIEJ)

The Committee on Racial Inclusion, Equity and Justice (CRIEJ) will assess and challenge ASA’s Section on Environmental Sociology’s racist and exclusionary practices that promote white supremacy and maintain white spaces within the section. The committee will critically address white ignorance and white innocence that exist within and outside of the section. The members of the committee will be guided by an intersectional framework, critical race theory, and Du Boisian emancipatory sociology that center the voices of people who have been marginalized through systemic and historical processes by being open to their experiences, concerns, critiques, and suggestions. We will also work toward tangibly (re)distributing resources within the section so that membership and scholarly work are more accessible to people coming from historically and currently marginalized backgrounds. The committee will challenge the section’s members to critically reflect and take action on both an individual level and as a community on the challenges for racial equity and inclusion and the work necessary to achieve social justice.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

The Summer 2021 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Rachel Shwom; 2021 ASA Annual Meeting Environmental Sociology schedules; 2021 Environmental Sociology Mentorship Program; announcements of award winners; a revised/updated climate change module for Introduction to Sociology classes; two feature essays, one by Dr. Ashley Colby entitled “Loconomy: Making the environmental case for local economies” and one by Dr. Randolph Haluza-DeLay entitled “Tenure is not always secure! Cautionary lessons”; and an incredible list of publications (books, articles, and book chapters).

Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Spring 2021 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Rachel Shwom; a feature essay by Professor Sandy Marquart-Pyatt entitled “Reflections on Teaching and Mentoring: Using Blank Sheets of Paper”; an announcement about Dr. Lori Peek as the winner of the Environmental Sociology Section’s Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award; access to two CONVERGE Training Modules (6th – Understanding and Ending Gender-Based Violence in Fieldwork and 7th – Broader Ethical Considerations for Hazards and Disaster Researchers); and many excellent recent publications.

Winter 2021 Section Newsletter

The Winter 2021 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from the section chair, Rachel Shwom; Call for Paper guidelines for the 2021 American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting (including the topics of our section sessions); Call for Award Nominations for the Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award and the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award (more information on these and other awards on Section Awards; and many excellent recent publications (both books and articles).