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.
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
SOCY 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
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
Examines how concepts of race and ethnicity have manifested historically and manifest currently in U.S. society. Covers foundational concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, and privilege. Also addresses the structural causes and consequences of race and ethnicity in various aspects of U.S. society, such as the housing market, the criminal justice system, and education.
SOCY 4027 - Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
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
Spring 2018 / Fall 2020
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.