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Downey, Liam Associate Professor

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  • Liam Downey has two primary areas of research. In a recently published book, Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment, I study the role that elite-controlled organizations, institutions, and networks play in harming people, societies, and the environment, focusing in particular on elitecontrolled policy planning networks, armed violence organized by the state, commodity chain power, and international trade and finance institutions such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. In a new research project, I study the role that violence, broadly defined, plays in producing social order, with a particular emphasis on gender and race violence, the violence of profit and consumption, and the violence of U.S. militarism.

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  • environmental sociology, environmental inequality, family-based environmental inequality, environmental justice, inequality democracy and the environment, natural resource extraction and violence, political economy, political sociology, violence and social order

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