KuoRay Mao

Assistant Professor/AKD Advisor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor/AKD Advisor
  • Concentration:

    • Green Criminology, Environmental Sociology, Globalization, Sociology of Development
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • Ph.D.


Dr. KuoRay Mao is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. His research interests concern how the myriad socio-economic and environmental disjunctions caused by globalization have engendered patterns of resource and risk allocation, which have in turn shaped structural inequality in East Asia. Since 2011, he has studied the role of the developmental state in the perpetuation of environmental harm. His research on the co-development between desertification and the neoliberal economic model in northwestern China has led to a Fulbright Fellowship for Graduate Studies, in addition to fellowships from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation in the United States. He was also awarded the Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award and the Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) Award from the American Sociological Association. His most recent research examines how resource governance in a state corporatist model interacts with community apathy toward environmental hazards and pollution. Dr. Mao received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and joined the Department in 2015.