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Harrison, Jill Lindsey

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  • Jill Lindsey Harrison is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on environmental sociology, environmental justice, political theories of justice, and sociology of agriculture and food systems. She has used her research on political conflict over agricultural pesticide poisonings in California, escalations in immigration enforcement in rural Wisconsin, and government agencies’ environmental justice policies and programs to identify and explain the persistence of environmental inequalities and workplace inequalities in the United States today.


  • environmental politics, politics of agriculture and food, environmental justice, political theories of justice


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  • SOCY 2077 - Environment and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines interactions between societies and their natural and built environments through the lens of inequality. Describes how environmental problems vary along, are shaped by, and exacerbate disparities along lines of race, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social status. Also examines collective efforts to address social and environmental problems.
  • SOCY 4117 - Food and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the food system along the lines of social justice and environmental sustainability. Investigates the institutional and cultural supports of major food system problems and contemporary efforts to address those problems, including the realms of food production, processing, distribution, marketing, policy, regulation, consumption, and activism.
  • SOCY 6007 - Foundations of Environmental Sociology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Provides overview of environmental sociological theory and research including topics such as: public environmental perception, concern, and knowledge; environmentalism as a social movement; environmental justice; energy, technology, and risk; human dimensions of environmental change; and natural hazards and disasters. Same as ENVS 6007.
  • SOCY 6121 - Qualitative Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Training in the systematic observation of people in situations, finding them where they are, staying with them in a role acceptable to them that allows intimate observations of behavior. Students report their findings in ways useful to social science but not harmful to those observed.
  • SOCY 7171 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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