407 Maxcy Hall
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Interest: Environment-Society Interactions, Experts and Knowledge/Ignorance, Social Movements, Social Theory, Risk and Disaster, Urbanization
Scott Frickel is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000). Before coming to Brown he held faculty appointments at Tulane University and Washington State University, where he was the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sociology. His research and teaching interests center on the intersections of nature, knowledge, and politics.
A growing feature of his current research involves developing new approaches for identifying and measuring socio-environmental change and developing theories to explain those patterns. One such project tracks the spatial distribution of knowledge-making in post-Katrina New Orleans to begin to develop methods for quantifying and measuring “spatial knowledge gaps” in what is known and unknown about soil quality in different neighborhoods. A related project develops a theory of socio-environmental succession through a historical comparative study of urbanization and relict industrial waste in four US cities (with Jim Elliott). A third project, on “shadow mobilization”, studies how politicized knowledge circulates among scientific experts who interpenetrate and impact different social movements.
Professor Frickel is author of Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology and has co-edited two books: The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power (with Kelly Moore) and Fields of Knowledge: Science, Politics, and Publics in the Neoliberal Age (with David J. Hess). Current book projects include Urbanization’s Changing Nature: Industrial Hazards, Systemic Risk, and the Remaking of American Cities (with Jim Elliott, under contract with Russell Sage) and Interdisciplinary Research: A Critical Analysis (with Mathieu Albert and Barbara Prainsack, under contract with Rutgers University Press).