About

Hello and welcome!

I am a sociologist specializing in climate and environmental justice studies, social movements, sustainable development, gender and social inequalities, and research methods. I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology with an Interdepartmental Emphasis in Environment and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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In August 2017, I will join the faculty at College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University (CSBSJU) as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. At CSBSJU, I will be teaching introductory courses in environmental studies, research methods, and a new course I will develop called Energy and Society.

My research methodologies incorporate both qualitative and quantities approaches to knowledge creation. Using ethnographic methods, I conducted research on Fairtrade floriculture and gender in Ecuador in 2012. I interviewed over forty women workers at Nevado Roses about their working conditions and reproductive labor, the work they do to sustain their families outside of their jobs–childcare, housework, subsistence farming. This work is published in Women’s Studies International Forum (2016) and Sage Research Methods Cases (2013). I have also employed ethnographic methods for research with youth climate justice activists at the 2013 UN climate summit in Poland. Using quantitative techniques, I examined the intergenerational transmission of care occupations in a co-authored paper with Maria Charles and Paula England that appears in Sociological Science (2015).

My dissertation, Working Across Lines: Resisting Extreme Energy Extraction in Idaho and California, explores resistance to extreme energy extraction in three communities in Idaho and in Santa Barbara County, CA, with a focus on activist motivations, political cultures, and coalition building. I ground the research in ethnographic fieldwork, participant observation, and 106 in-depth interviews. My mentors for this work include Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, ann-elise lewallen, David N. Pellow, and Leontina Hormel. This research is supported by the Flacks Fund, the UCSB Graduate Division, the UCSB Department of Sociology, the UCSB Chancellors Sustainability Committee, and the UCSB Crossroads Initiative, has appeared in Case Studies in the Environment, Practicing Anthropology (2016), and is forthcoming in the book Universalizing Resistance. Please see my research project page for more information.

I have taught Feminist Climate Justice (new course co-designed with Sarah Jane Pinkerton) collaborated with the Climate Justice Project to publicize the insights of the global youth climate justice movement, and strive to be a publicly engaged scholar activist, having written pieces in The Feminist Wire and news outlets in my communities. Raised in Idaho, I love being outside and working to ensure that all people enjoy a healthy and beautiful environment now, and in the future. I am a core member of the Climate Justice Project and enjoy mountain biking, running, and good food with friends and family.

To get in touch,  please email me: corriegrosse at gmail.com