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Downey, Liam Associate Professor

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Research

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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.

keywords

  • 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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Teaching

courses taught

  • ENVS 5930 Internship (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 4841 Independent Study in Sociology (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 5841 Independent Study in Sociology (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 7171 Special Topics (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • ENVS 5909 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • ENVS 5930 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • ENVS 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • ENVS 5930 Internship (Spring 2018)
  • SOCY 4841 Independent Study in Sociology (Spring 2018)
  • SOCY 5841 Independent Study in Sociology (Spring 2018)
  • SOCY 6017 Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment (Spring 2018)
  • SOCY 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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