Teaching sociology is a challenging exercise in citizenship. My aim is to work together with students to understand how social and environmental worlds work and to evaluate claims people make about social and environmental affairs. That means collectively tackling historical events and contemporary patterns in ways that help students develop constructive critical thinking, statistical literacy, empathetic understanding of the lives of people in differing social contexts, and the ability to make and defend sound arguments that are vital to civic life.

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Environmental Sociology (DSOC 3240)
Next taught: Spring 2020, ***in conjunction with Cornell Contemporary China Initiative series on China’s Environmental Transformations***
Spring 2019 Syllabus
Spring 2018 Syllabus   Sociological Environmental Activism: publication created by DSOC 3240 students
Spring 2017 Syllabus

Fundamentals of Environmental Sociology (DSOC 6210)
Next taught: Spring 2020
Spring 2018 Syllabus

Spatial Thinking, GIS, and Related Methods (DSOC 3140)
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Risk & Disaster (DSOC 6340)
Spring 2019 Syllabus