Associate Professor Jennifer Cross is awarded service-learning mini-grant

Monies from this award will support community-based participatory research conducted with and for Douglas County School District (DCSD) on behavioral engagement strategies for energy conservation in schools. Working with Energy Manager, Lee Smit, students in Soc 462 (Applied Social Change) will be conducting case studies of 6 schools in DCSD that have achieved varying levels of energy conservation through behavioral engagement. Douglas County School District has developed a highly successful behavioral engagement program for schools, but not all schools are implementing it at the same level. The goals of the community-based research project are:

1) for students to learn first-hand about strategies used to create behavior change,

2) to assist DCSD improve their behavior change strategies by documenting differences in implementation, and

3) to develop a PowerPoint presentation on components of successful behavioral engagement strategies for energy conservation in schools (to be disseminated of through USGBC Center for Green Schools).

Dr. Phil McMichael (Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University) to give lecture on the global land grab on August 21st


Title of talk: The Global Land Grab: Hunger Games Prequel?

Date: Tuesday, August 21

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM,

Location: Lory Student Center, Room 211E


Philip McMichael is a Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. His research concentrates on food regimes, the politics of globalization, and agrarian movements. He has edited The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (1994), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (2005, with F. H. Buttel), Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (2010), and Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change (2011, with J. Borras & I. Scoones). He has worked with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Research Institute for Social Development, FoodFirst, and the international peasant coalitions Vía Campesina and the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty, and recently authored the 5th edition of Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective (2012)

Position Announcement: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology


Assistant Professor, tenure track, entry-level, nine-month position beginning August 15, 2013. Competitive salary. The Department offers undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The successful candidate must be able to contribute across these program areas.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Sociology or related social science by August 15, 2013 and the ability to teach a combination of courses related to sociology and environmental and natural resource sociology.

Preferred Qualifications

The Department seeks an individual who specializes in environmental and/or natural resource sociology and can teach a combination of courses in sociology and environmental/natural resource sociology. The candidate should demonstrate an ability and willingness to teach a large section of lower division introductory sociology or social problems. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong research record and agenda in environmental and natural resource sociology. Experience and interest in teaching courses that contribute to our undergraduate concentration in Environmental Sociology would strengthen the candidate’s application. All department faculty are expected to participate in instruction, to develop a program of research and publication, to be engaged in the graduate program and to be active in service.

In addition to exhibiting expertise in environmental and natural resource sociology, candidates who demonstrate an ability to contribute to other departmental areas of strength are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates are sought who can work effectively and collegially with a professionally diverse faculty and in an interdisciplinary university setting.

The Department seeks applicants with the ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities


The Department consists of fourteen tenured and tenure-track faculty and offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. At the undergraduate level, the Department offers concentrations in General Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Environmental Sociology. At the graduate level, which includes a focus on Social Change, departmental areas of strength include Environment and Natural Resources; Food, Agriculture, and Development; Crime, Law, and Deviance; and Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Governance. The department supports three research centers: the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, and the Center for Fair and Alternative Trade. There are more than 500 undergraduate majors and about 40 active graduate students.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is located at the northern end of Colorado’s Front Range. The view west of campus is of the Rocky Mountains, while the eastern view is of the high plains. The climate is semi-arid with an annual precipitation of about 13 inches and an annual average of 300+ days of sunshine. With a population of 144,000, Fort Collins is located 65 miles north of Denver. This is a community recognized for the high quality of its schools and its physical and cultural environment.


Applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants should submit complete applications by September 28, 2012 for full consideration. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Sociology. Interested candidates should send as email attachments (1) a letter of interest outlining research agenda and teaching interests, (2) a Curriculum Vitae, (3) if available, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., syllabi and teaching evaluations), and (4) three letters of reference to:

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Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Lori Peek awarded Midwest Sociological Society Distinguished Book Award for Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11

Lori Peek of Colorado State University was awarded the 2012 MSS Distinguished Book Award for Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, published by Temple University Press.


Behind the Backlash draws on longitudinal hate crime data and ethnographic interviews with 140 Muslim American men and women. Peek’s work presents moving accounts of prejudice and exclusion as Muslim Americans were caught up in an unprecedented wave of post-9/11 backlash violence.


Muslims speak of being subjected to harassment before the terrorist attacks, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Public discussion reveals that widespread misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Islam persists, despite the striking diversity of the Muslim community. Behind the Backlash seeks to explain why blame and scapegoating occur after a catastrophe. Peek sets the twenty-first century experience of Muslim Americans, who were vilified and victimized, within the context of larger sociological and psychological processes.


A long-time MSS member, Lori Peek is Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She has published widely on vulnerable populations in disaster and is coeditor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Lori rarely misses an MSS meeting, but she was unable to be present in Minneapolis because of a research commitment to an earthquake risk reduction study in Italy.


She wrote, “Words are never enough in a moment like this, but I hope you can accept my most profound gratitude for the honor that you have bestowed upon me. I am deeply committed to the Midwest as a region and to the MSS as a professional organization. It means the world to me to be recognized in this way. Thank you so much.”

Lori Peek’s new book, Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora published by University of Texas Press

Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrina’s landfall. New Orleans, a city of 500,000, was nearly emptied of life after the hurricane and flooding. Katrina survivors eventually scattered across all fifty states, and tens of thousands still remain displaced. Some are desperate to return to the Gulf Coast but cannot find the means. Others have chosen to make their homes elsewhere. Still others found a way to return home but were unable to stay due to the limited availability of social services, educational opportunities, health care options, and affordable housing.

The contributors to Displaced have been following the lives of Katrina evacuees since 2005. In this illuminating book, they offer the first comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the displaced. Drawing on research in thirteen communities in seven states across the country, the contributors describe the struggles that evacuees have faced in securing life-sustaining resources and rebuilding their lives. They also recount the impact that the displaced have had on communities that initially welcomed them and then later experienced “Katrina fatigue” as the ongoing needs of evacuees strained local resources. Displaced reveals that Katrina took a particularly heavy toll on households headed by low-income African American women who lost the support provided by local networks of family and friends. It also shows the resilience and resourcefulness of Katrina evacuees who have built new networks and partnered with community organizations and religious institutions to create new lives in the diaspora

Michael Carolan’s new book, The Sociology of Food and Agriculture published by Earthscan

As interest has increased in topics such as the globalization of the agrifood system, food security, and food safety, the subjects of food and agriculture are making their way into a growing number of courses in disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities, like sociology and food studies. This book is an introductory textbook aimed at undergraduate students, and is suitable for those with little or no background in sociology.

The author starts by looking at the recent development of agriculture under capitalism and neo-liberal regimes and the transformation of farming from a small-scale, family-run business to a globalized system. The consequent changes in rural employment and role of multinationals in controlling markets are described. Topics such as the global hunger and obesity challenges, GM foods, and international trade and subsidies are assessed as part of the world food economy. The second section of the book focuses on community impacts, food and culture, and diversity. Later chapters examine topics such as food security, alternative and social movements, food sovereignty, local versus global, and fair trade. All chapters include learning objectives and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.


“This is critical sociology at its best. In this introductory text, Carolan goes behind the scenes of the global agrifood industry to examine the complex socio-economic and political arrangements that shape food production and consumption. Presenting the latest findings from internationally-based research, the book highlights the structural causes of present-day concerns about hunger, obesity, rural social disadvantage, farmer dispossession, supermarket power and environmental degradation. Oppositional movements challenging the current system of food provision are also discussed in detail.

Carolan is one of the foremost writers in contemporary agrifood studies and he has fashioned a book that provides an up-to-date, informative and highly readable overview of the global agrifood system. The book will have immediate appeal to students, policy-makers and all those concerned about the future of food and farming.”
– Geoffrey Lawrence, Professor of Sociology, Head of Sociology and Criminology and Food Security Focal Area Co-Leader at the Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Jeni Cross’ Article is one of Sage Publication’s Most Downloaded of 2010

Jeni Cross’ article Using Mixed-Method Design and Network Analysis to Measure Development of Interagency Collaboration published in Sage’s  American Journal of Evaluation, was the most downloaded article in 2010 in this journal (of all articles published in 2009 and 2010).

The article is now free to access here.

Greek university honors Evan Vlachos, sociology and engineering professor emeritus


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki honored Evan Vlachos, sociology and engineering professor emeritus with an honorary doctorate of civil engineering.  “If CSU is known and respected for its leadership on water issues, that’s entirely due to the commitment and expertise of faculty like Dr. Evan Vlachos,” said CSU President Tony Frank.  “Evan has been a global ambassador for Colorado State University throughout his long and distinguished CSU career, embodying the land-grant commitment of putting academic research to work for the benefit of our planet and its people.  We are enormously proud of all he has achieved and grateful for his influence on the advancement of water resources at CSU.”

Michael Carolan’s new book, Embodied Food Politics published by Ashgate

While the phenomenon of embodied knowledge is becoming integrated into the social sciences, critical geography, and feminist research agendas it continues to be largely ignored by agro-food scholars. This book helps fill this void by inserting into the food literature living, feeling, sensing bodies and will be of interest to food scholars as well as those more generally interested in the phenomenon known as embodied realism.
This book is about the materializations of food politics; “materializations”, in this case, referring to our embodied, sensuous, and physical connectivities to food production and consumption. It is through these materializations, argues Carolan, that we know food (and the food system more generally), others and ourselves.

For a detailed description go to

Michael Carolan’s new book, The Real Cost of Cheap Food published by Earthscan 2011

‘This is an engaging, brilliantly argued and very well-written text. It is among the best books about agri-food issues I’ve read in recent years. Its structure is logical, its arguments are coherent and practical, and it draws on a huge, diverse and up-to-date literature.’
Geoffrey Lawrence, Professor of Sociology, University of Queensland, Australia

A description of The Real Cost of Cheap Food (2011) can be found at