Research and teaching interests: environmental sociology; global and comparative sociology; political economy; development and well-being; climate change
My research combines environmental sociology and comparative international sociology. Broadly, I study coupled human and natural systems. I investigate factors that impact environmental and social sustainability across nation-states, and I study how these relationships change over time. In some of my research I investigate the extent to which sociological theories of global integration help explain variation in countries’ carbon intensity of well-being, which is a way to measure a country’s progress toward simultaneous environmental and social sustainability by asking how carbon intensely nation-states produce well-being for citizens. This research addresses issues of inequality, human well-being, sustainability, and energy use, and it explores the connections between development and drivers of climate change. In other research I explore various forms of environmental concern and action and their causes and consequences, especially as they vary cross-nationally. I am also interested in relationships between militarization and the environment. My research is quantitative, and I employ both longitudinal and multilevel modeling techniques.