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 Ph.D. in Sociology (2013) at the University of California, Davis. Previously, he lectured in the Center for Public Policy and in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University (2011-2013), and he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington State University (2013-2016). At the University of Oregon, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology (2016-present) and participating faculty in the Environmental Studies Program (2017-present). He maintains a regional affiliation with the University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (2014-present). He also serves in the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Equity (2017-present) and as elected chair of the Membership Committee (2019-2021).
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 interests are reflected in his ongoing projects on (1) relational and intersectional approaches to studying various forms of inequality, (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 2007-2008 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
- Lubitow, Amy, Liévanos, Raoul S., Julius McGee, and Erika Carpenter. 2019. Developing Data, Models, and Tools to Enhance Transportation Equity: Limitations and Opportunities in Household Travel Survey Methods - Final Report, NITC-RR-1122. Portland, OR: National Institute for Transportation and Communities.
- Lubitow, Amy, Julius McGee, Kelly Clifton, Liévanos, Raoul S., and Erika Carpenter. 2019. Advancing Transportation Equity: Through Inclusive Travel Survey Data Methods - Project Brief 1122. Portland, OR: National Institute for Transportation and Communities.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2019. “Racialized Structural Vulnerability: Neighborhood Racial Composition, Concentrated Disadvantage, and Fine Particulate Matter in California.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(17), 3196.
- Liévanos, Raoul S., Amy Lubitow, and Julius Alexander McGee. 2019. "Misrecognition in a Sustainability Capital: Race, Representation, and Transportation Survey Response Rates in the Portland Metropolitan Area." Sustainability 11(16), 4336.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2019. "Air-Toxic Clusters Revisited: Intersectional Environmental Inequalities and Indigenous Deprivation in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regions." Race and Social Problems 11(2):161-184.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2019. “Green, Blue, Yellow, and Red: The Relational Racialization of Space in the Stockton Metropolitan Area.” Pp. 224-253 in Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice, edited by N. Molina, D. Martinez HoSang, and R. Gutiérrez. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2018. “Impaired Water Hazard Zones: Mapping Intersecting Environmental Health Vulnerabilities and Polluter Disproportionality.” ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 7(11), 433.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2018. “Retooling CalEnviroScreen: Cumulative Pollution Burden and Race-Based Environmental Health Vulnerabilities in California.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(4), 762.
- Liévanos, Raoul S., Pierce Greenberg, and Ryan Wishart. 2018. “In the Shadow of Production: Coal Waste Accumulation and Environmental Inequality Formation in Eastern Kentucky.” Social Science Research 71:37-55.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. and Christine Horne. 2017. “Unequal Resilience: The Duration of Electricity Outages.” Energy Policy 108:201-211.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2017. “Sociospatial Dimensions of Water Injustice: The Distribution of Surface Water Toxic Releases in California’s Bay-Delta.” Sociological Perspectives 60(3):575-599.
- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2015. “Race, Deprivation, and Immigrant Isolation: The Spatial Demography of Air-Toxic Clusters in the Continental United States.” Social Science Research 54:50-67.
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- Liévanos, Raoul S. 2012. “Certainty, Fairness, and Balance: State Resonance and Environmental Justice Policy Implementation.” Sociological Forum 27(2): 481-503.
- Liévanos, Raoul S., Jonathan K. London, and Julie Sze. 2011. “Uneven Transformations and Environmental Justice: Regulatory Science, Street Science, and Pesticide Regulation in California.” Pp. 201-228 in Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, edited by G. Ottinger and B. R. Cohen. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.
- Shilling, Fraser M., Jonathan K. London, and Raoul S. Liévanos. 2009. “Marginalization by Collaboration: Environmental Justice as a Third Party in and beyond CALFED.” Environmental Science and Policy 12(6): 694-709.
- London, Jonathan K., Julie Sze, and Raoul S. Liévanos. 2008. “Problems, Promise, Progress, and Perils: Critical Reflections on Environmental Justice Policy Implementation in California.” UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 26(2): 255-289.