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Kari Norgaard

Associate Professor

721 PLC
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-8615
Fax: (541) 346-5026

Over the past ten years I have published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions. I currently have two active areas of research 1) work on the social organization of denial (especially regarding climate change), and 2) environmental justice work with Native American Tribes on the Klamath River. Both these areas of scholarship have been nationally recognized through the award of research grants, speaking invitations, and coverage of my research by high profile media outlets including the Washington Post, National Geographic, British Broadcasting System, and National Public Radio. My book Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life came out with MIT Press in the Spring of 2011.


Research Interests

  • tribal environmental health
  • race and environment
  • gender and environment
  • climate change denial
  • emotions and social movements

Teaching Areas

  • environmental sociology
  • environmental justice
  • climate chage

Courses Taught


Selected Books and Book Chapters

Norgaard, Kari Marie Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life MIT Press, 2011

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2011. “The Social Organization of Climate Denial: Emotions, Culture and Political Economy” in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society edited by John Dryzek, Richard Norgaard and David Schlosberg, Oxford University Press.

Norgaard, Kari Marie, Ron Reed and Carolina Van Horn, 2011. “Institutional Racism, Hunger and Nutritional Justice on the Klamath” in Allison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyerman editors, Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, MIT Press.

Reed, Ron and Kari Marie Norgaard “Salmon Feeds Our People” book chapter in Walker Painemilla, K., Rylands, A B., Woofter, A., & Hughes, C. eds. Indigenous People and Biodiversity Conservation: From Rights to Resource Management. Conservation International: Arlington VA, 2010.


Selected Articles

Norgaard, Kari Marie “Climate Denial and the Construction of Innocence: Reproducing Transnational Privilege in the Face of Climate Change” Race, Gender & Class forthcoming October 2011 (Volume 19, Issue 3-4)

Alkon, Alison and Kari Marie Norgaard 2009. “Food, Hunger, Disease and Activism: The Quest for Nutritional Justice in Two California Communities” Sociological Inquiry 79(3): 289-305.

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2007 “The Politics of Invasive Weed Management: Gender Race and Risk Perception in Rural California .” Rural Sociology 72(3): 450-477.

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2006. “People Want To Protect Themselves A Little Bit” Emotions, Denial and Social Movement Non-Participation The Case of Global Climate Change.” Sociological Inquiry 76(3): 372-396.



Ph.D. -- University of Oregon