Jill Lindsey Harrison’s research focuses on environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, environmental justice, political theories of justice, and immigration politics, with emphasis on the United States. She has used her research on political conflict over agricultural pesticide poisonings in California and recent escalations in immigration enforcement in rural Wisconsin to identify and explain the persistence of environmental inequalities and workplace inequalities in the United States today. Her new research project investigates government agencies' efforts to institutionalize the principles of environmental justice (EJ) into regulatory practice.
environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, environmental justice, immigration politics, farm worker justice, political theories of justice
SOCY 2077 - Environment and Society
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
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 6121 - Qualitative Methods
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.