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Richard York


618 PLC
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-5064
Fax: (541) 346-5026

Professor York received his B.S. in Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 1994, his M.S. in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2002. He joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2002.

Research Interests

  • climate change, energy, and society
  • critical human ecology
  • philosophy, history, and sociology of science

Teaching Areas

  • environmental sociology
  • statistics
  • research methods

Courses Taught

SOC 207 Social Inequality
SOC 311 Introduction to Social Research
SOC 416 Issues in Sociology of the Environment
SOC 613 Advanced Sociological Methods
SOC 616 Environment and Resource Issues
SOC 618 Sociological Theory II

Selected Articles

York, Richard. 2012. “Do Alternative Energy Sources Displace Fossil Fuels?” Nature Climate Change 2(6): 441-443.

York, Richard and Eugene A. Rosa. 2012. “Choking on Modernity: A Human Ecology of Air Pollution.” Social Problems 59(2): 282-300.

York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2010. “Critical Materialism: Science, Technology, and Environmental Sustainability.” Sociological Inquiry 80(3): 475-499.

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth and Richard York. 2010. “Community Economic Identity: The Coal Industry and Ideology Construction in West Virginia.” Rural Sociology 75(1): 111-143.

York, Richard and Philip Mancus. 2009. “Critical Human Ecology: Historical Materialism and Natural Laws.” Sociological Theory 27(2): 122-149.

York, Richard. “De-Carbonization in Former Soviet Republics, 1992-2000: The Ecological Consequences of De-Modernization.” Social Problems .

Clark, Brett, John Bellamy Foster, and Richard York. “The Critique of Intelligent Design: Epicurus, Marx, Darwin , and Freud and the Materialist Defense of Science.” Theory & Society .



Teaching and Mentorship Award. 2011. Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. Rural Sociology Best Paper Award. 2010. Rural Sociological Society.

Outstanding Publication Award. 2007. Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Outstanding Publication Award. 2004. Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.



Ph.D. -- Washington State University, Pullman