Hello and welcome!
I am a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University (CSBSJU). I specialize 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).
I joined the faculty of Environmental Studies at CSBSJU in August 2017. At CSBSJU, I teach Introduction to Environmental Studies, Research Methods, Social Responses to Climate Change, Syllabus Energy and Society, Gender and Environment, and a course that takes students to the annual United Nations climate negotiations known as COPs. In addition to my courses at CSBSJU, I have taught Feminist Climate Justice (co-designed with Sarah Jane Pinkerton).
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, published in Interface and as a free ebook. 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 doctoral research, 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 (2017), Practicing Anthropology (2016), and the book Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times (2017). Please see my research project page for more information.
I am beginning new research on how Native and non-Native communities and organizations in Minnesota work together to resist pipelines, particularly the currently proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
I 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 member of the Climate Justice Project, a board member of the Minnesota Street Market (food co-op) and enjoy mountain biking, running, and good food with friends and family.
To get in touch, please email me: cgrosse001 at csbsju.edu