Associate Professor, Willamette University
Janet A. Lorenzen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. At Willamette University they are also affiliated with the American Ethnic Studies Program, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Sustainability and Environmental Justice. They earned their doctorate in Sociology at Rutgers University and an M.A. in Women's Studies from SDSU. They have taught classes on social change, environmental justice and just sustainability, sociological and feminist theory, and qualitative methods. Prof. Lorenzen's primary area of research involves understanding and documenting mechanisms of social and structural change related to taking action on climate change, including: state-level climate governance and policymaking, state-agency rulemaking, climate and climate justice movement tactics, lifestyle change and green consumption. Their current research project is at the nexus of climate politics and policy and examines how the climate justice movement influences state-level climate governance. They have published articles in Environmental Politics, Environmental Sociology, Sociological Forum, Sociology Compass, Symbolic Interaction, Human Ecology Review, Humanity & Society, and Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.