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Department of Sociology

Environment and Sustainability

  • Aronczyk, Melissa

    • Melissa Aronczyk
    • Melissa Aronczyk
    • Associate Professor, School of Communication & Information
    • Personal Website
    • Melissa Aronczyk’s research examines questions at the intersection of media, politics and identity. She is the author of Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity (Oxford, 2013) and the co-editor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. Current research includes a project funded by the National Science Foundation on the role of strategic information and influence campaigns on public opinion and public policy in the United States. She is a faculty fellow with the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

    • Program Areas:
    • Environment and Sustainability
  • Brechin, Steven

  • Falzon, Danielle

  • MacKendrick, Norah

  • Mai, Quan

  • O'Neill, Karen M.

    • Karen M. O'Neill
    • Karen M. O'Neill
    • Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology
    • Phone: 848-932-9208
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Karen M. O’Neill is a sociologist who studies how policies about land and water affect government power, the status of experts, and the well-being of various social groups. She has researched biodiversity protections in the urban plans of large cities around the world, local slow growth and pro-growth movements and policies in small towns, river flood control, and coastal storm vulnerability and hazard reduction. Karen has written or co-edited books on the rise of the U.S. program for river flood control and growth of government power (Duke University Press), on race and Hurricane Katrina (Rutgers University Press), and on changes in institutions in response to Hurricane Sandy (Rutgers University Press). She is a member of teams in two international competitions for coastal resilience designs, one for the New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy, under the Rebuild by Design competition (finalist team), and the second to use the Mississippi River to replenish coastal land in Louisiana, under the Changing Course competition (one of three winning teams).

    • Program Areas:
    • Environment and Sustainability
  • Schoolman, Ethan D.

    • Ethan D. Schoolman
    • Ethan D. Schoolman
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Ethan D. Schoolman is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Dr. Schoolman is an environmental sociologist whose work focuses primarily on the politics and culture of local food systems, and the implications of robust local and alternative food systems for environmental sustainability, public health, and social justice. Since coming to Rutgers, Dr. Schoolman has directed large-scale surveys of specialty crops growers in the Midwest, farmers in the Highlands region of New Jersey, and vendors at farmers markets in thirteen New Jersey counties. While working on these and other projects, Dr. Schoolman has collaborated with a number of not-for-profit groups and government agencies, including New Jersey Audubon, New Jersey Youth Corps, Elijah’s Promise, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dr. Schoolman’s work has been published in journals spanning a range of disciplines, including Renewable Agriculture and Food SystemsJournal of Environmental Studies and SciencesEcological EconomicsSociological ForumJournal of Consumer Culture, and Sustainability Science.At Rutgers, Dr. Schoolman teaches on sustainable food systems, environmental politics, and research methods. He is on the graduate faculties in Sociology, Nutritional Sciences, and at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and he is a faculty affiliate at the New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health.

    • Program Areas:
    • Environment and Sustainability
  • Shwom, Rachael

    • Rachael Shwom
    • Rachael Shwom
    • Professor, Climate and Society, Chair, Department of Human Ecology
    • Personal Website
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      Professor Rachael Shwom teaches undergraduate courses in Energy and Society, Innovative Solutions to Environmental Problems, and Theory and Reasoning in Human-Environment Interactions and graduate courses in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and the Environmental Movement. Her research interests are in environmental sociology, organizational sociology and consumption. Her research interests are in the areas of civil society organizations and societal change; how people make sense of climate change and respond; how social institutions structure environmentally significant-consumption; and models in the natural and social sciences. She is currently involved in projects exploring:how household greenhouse gas emissions can be measured and reduced, how people interpret disruptive events in an environment of organized irresponsibility and respond, the public’s preferences for energy decarbonization and impacts of survey sampling, and theorizing rapid social change and social tipping points.

    • Faculty Article(s):
    • Ideology, capitalism, and climate: Explaining public views about climate change in the United States
    • Program Areas:
    • Environment and Sustainability
  • Vachon, Todd

    • Todd Vachon
    • Todd Vachon
    • Assistant Professor, Labor Studies and Employment Relations
    • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
    • Personal Website
    • Todd E. Vachon, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER) and the Director of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As the Director of LEARN, Todd oversees the University’s labor education programs, including classes and workshops for workers, unions, and other organizations and public programming designed to: (a) strengthen the community at work, (b) facilitate its organization on a more democratic basis, and (c) address unjustified inequalities of power and wealth in society. 

      Todd’s teaching interests include classes on capitalism and democracy; inequality and social movements to reduce inequality; and climate change, labor, and sustainability. In the LSER department, he regularly teaches U.S. Labor History, Perspectives on Labor Studies, Youth and Work, and Sustainability, Jobs and Justice. Other classes he has taught include Social Problems of American CapitalismRace, Class and Gender, and Jobs, Work, and Globalization. Through the LEARN program, Todd runs non-credit classes on organizing, collective bargaining, shop stewarding, and more.  

      Todd’s research agenda is a theoretically and empirically driven effort to understand the structural origins and consequences of inequality and the struggles of ordinary people to achieve greater equality and dignity through education, organizations, and movements. To this end, he has published widely on labor and social movements, social stratification, and the intersection of work and environmental issues in journals such as Socius, Social Science Research, Labor Studies Journal, Sociological Forum, Industrial and Economic Democracy, Global Labor Journal and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Todd is the co-editor, along with Tobias Schulze-Cleven of the book Revaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future, which makes the case for a labor studies perspective on the future of work and workers. His next book, Clean Air and Good Jobs: U.S. Labor and the Struggle for Climate Justice, about the emerging labor-climate movement within the U.S. labor movement, will be released in early 2023. 

    • Program Areas:
    • Environment and Sustainability

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