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Raoul Lievanos

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Professor Liévanos earned his A.A. in Liberal Arts from Allan Hancock College (2002), his B.A. in Sociology from Fresno State University (2004), and his M.A. in Sociology (2007), graduate certification in Air Quality and Health (2010), and his Ph.D. in Sociology (2013) at the University of California, Davis. Previously, he lectured in the Center for Public Policy and the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University (2011 to 2013), and he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington State University (2013 to 2016). Currently, he is a faculty affiliate at the University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon.

His research focuses primarily on the organizational, institutional, demographic, and spatial dynamics of environmental and housing market inequalities and on the social movements and policy processes that attempt to address such inequalities in the United States. These general research interests are reflected in his ongoing projects on (1) relational and intersectional approaches to studying various spatialized inequalities, (2) cumulative pollution burden, (3) energy injustice and unequal resilience in the electrical grid, and (4) the political and technoscientific aspects of environmental justice policy development and implementation. His general interests are also evident in newer projects on (1) the "socio-nature" of real estate markets; (2) the sociospatial dimensions of food insecurity, climate injustice, and the recent housing crisis; and (3) the use of big data to monitor community mobilizations around emergent environmental health threats.


  • Environmental, Health, and Risk
  • Community and Urban Sociology
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Organizations, Institutions, and Social Movements
  • Spatial Pattern Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Historical-Comparative Sociology


  • Environment, Health, and Risk
  • Urban Sociology
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • Social Theory
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Science and Technology Studies