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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.

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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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Teaching

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  • SOCY 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines basic sociological ideas including social relations, social interaction, social structure, and social change. Examples are drawn from societies around the world.
  • SOCY 1021 - United States Race and Ethnic Relations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    An examination of race and minority problems in U.S. society, including the psychological, social, and cultural sources of prejudice and discrimination.
  • SOCY 4027 - Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on the structural forces affecting environmental degradation and environmental behavior by examining the relationships between (a) inequality and democratic decision making and (b) undemocratic decision making; U.S. and corporate food and energy policy; and global environmental degradation. Focuses on the role that global inequality plays in fostering environmental degradation. Same as ENVS 4027.
  • SOCY 6017 - Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on the structural forces affecting environmental degradation and environmental behavior by examining the relationships between a) inequality and democratic decision making and b) undemocratic economic and political decision making, U.S. and corporate food and energy policy; and global environmental degradation. Focus will also be placed on the role that global inequality plays in fostering environmental degradation.
  • SOCY 7171 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.

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