Research Team































Research Team

Thomas Dietz is a Professorof Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and Animal Studies and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Outstanding Publication Award, also from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society and the Gerald R. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and as Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study. He has co-authored or co-edited eleven books and more than 100 papers and book chapters. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues. Dr. Dietz is an active participant in the Ecological and Cultural Change Studies Group at MSU.


Eugene (Gene) Rosa is the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sociology, the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy in the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, and Professor, and past chair, of Sociology, Faculty Associate in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Affiliated Professor in the Program in Environmental Science, Affiliated Professor of Fine Arts, and Faculty Associate, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO). He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, winner of the Distinguished Contribution Award of the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association, and has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), the University of Stuttgart, the Akademie für Technikfrolgenabschätzung, Stuttgart Germany, Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux IV. Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques, Institut DÉtudes Politiques de Paris, and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He served on the U.S. National Resource Council/National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and the academy’s Board on Radioactive Waste Management.

Professor Rosa has published four books on the environment and on risk, articles in a wide variety of scientific journal articles including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Sociological Review, AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Ecological Economics, Social Forces, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Industrial Ecology, International Sociology, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Journal of Risk Research, Risk Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Annual Review of Sociology, Sociological Symposium, Human Ecology Review, Society and Natural Resources, Physics and Society, Social Science Quarterly, Organization and Environment, and Contemporary Sociology, Social Science Research, Population and Environment, a variety of encyclopedia entries, numerous book chapters, and numerous technical reports. Several of his publications have won scholarly awards.

His current research interests focus on Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (including climate), the Risk Society, Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Risk Perceptions, the Epistemology of Environmental Sociology, and Science Policy. He continues to produce “Ecolage,” his coinage of an art style that combines bricolage with an explicit concern for threats to the environment. When he is not doing science or art he can be found on the ski slopes of Northern Idaho (imposing some measure of danger on those nearby) in the winter months, on the bike trails of Northern Idea or at Wineries in Washington, California, or France in the summer months, or at world-class art museums any time of the year.


Richard York is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Director of Graduate Studies of Sociology, and the Richard A. Bray Faculty Fellow at the University of Oregon and co-editor of the Sage journal Organization & Environment. His research examines the anthropogenic forces driving environmental degradation and the philosophy, history, and sociology of science. He has published over fifty articles, including ones in American Sociological Review, Conservation Biology, Sociological Theory, and Theory and Society. He has published three books with Monthly Review Press: The Critique of Intelligent Design and The Ecological Rift, both with John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, and The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould with Brett Clark. He has twice (2004 and 2007) received the Outstanding Publication Award and once (2011) the Honorable Mention for the same award from the Environment and Technology Section (ETS) of the American Sociological Association (ASA). He has also received the Teaching and Mentorship Award (2011) from the ETS of the ASA.