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Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

Having joined the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2002, Richard is now Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies.

His research and teaching interests include Environmental Sociology, Human Ecology, and Ecological Economics; Political Economy of the World-System; Animals and Science; and Statistics.

He teaches courses in Environmental Sociology, Statistics and Research methods.


  • 2002–present
    Professor, University of Oregon
  • 2013–2014
    Member, Institute for Advanced Study


  • 2002 
    Washington State University, Ph.D.


  • 2013
    The invisible animal: anthrozoology and macrosociology, Sociological Theory
  • 2012
    Do alternative energy sources displace fossil fuels?, Nature Climate Change
  • 2012
    Asymmetric effects of economic growth and decline on CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change
  • 2012
    Choking on modernity: a human ecology of air pollution, Social Problems