Teaching & Graduate Mentoring

The Rose Garden at UBC, right above the Sociology building. Image source: http://mapio.net/pic/p-24042569/

The Rose Garden at UBC, right above the Sociology building. Image source: http://mapio.net/pic/p-24042569/


Graduate Mentoring

I am currently looking for exceptional students who are pursuing graduate school in order to prepare for an academic job. I am aiming to recruit students for between 2020 and 2023 whose research interests fall within the broad theme of human-environment relationships and social inequality. Working in a lab setting, students and I will meet biweekly to report on complementary projects identifying social responses to environmental issues that either re/produce or disrupt social inequalities (e.g., class, gender, race).

For interested students, please review my mentoring philosophy to determine whether my approach is compatible with your learning style.

Teaching in 2019-2022

For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will teach the following classes:

  • SOCI 500: Foundations of Sociological Thought. SOCI 500 prepares students to theorize! Rather than developing expertise in the views of famous sociologists (e.g., Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, and Marx), we are going to become experts in theorizing. This will entail revisiting concepts from famous sociologists—both deceased and living—but this is only in the service of learning how to produce a social theory.

  • SOCI 420: Environmental Sociology.  SOCI 420 is an introduction to the study of environmental sociology. The course introduces the idea of a socio-ecological imagination - a tool we will use to understand that the way people impact and are affected by the natural world is shaped by their position in society.

  • SOCI 230: Shopping, Sustainability & Society. SOCI 230 uses the everyday things we consume to interrogate our social world. Through hands-on workshops and a semester-long project where students intervene in their own lives to reduce their environmental impact, we learn about the cultural, economic, and political arrangements that shape the extent to which consumption helps or harms human and non-human species.

Resources for Teaching

Some materials that other instructors may find to be useful include the following: