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Stephen J. Scanlan

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Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies
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Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2000


Dr. Eric A. Wagner Professor of Sociology, 2019-2022

Recipient, Outstanding Faculty Mentor, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, 2019

Recipient, Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Honorees, 2018

Fulbright Scholar Award 2013

Research & Specialization

  • Comparative Social Change
  • Environmental Sociology
  • International Development
  • Poverty and Global Inequality
  • Social Movements

Courses Taught

  • SOC 2300: Social Inequalities and Social Change
  • SOC 3300: Sociology of Poverty
  • SOC 4140/5140: Social Movements
  • SOC 4320/5320: Political Sociology
  • SOC 4810/5810: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 4950: Capstone in Environmental Justice and Inequality
  • SOC 6080: Seminar on Poverty
  • SOC 6120: Seminar on Globalization

Selected Publications

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2018. “Hunger and Food Insecurity.” Pp. 423-441 in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems edited by A. Javier Treviňo. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2017. “Framing Fracking: Scale-shifting and Greenwashing Risk in the Oil and Gas Industry.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 22(11): 1311-1337.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2015, “Gender, Development, and the Environment: Female Empowerment and the Creation of Sustainable Societies.” In Development in Crisis: Threats to Human Well-being in the Global South and Global North edited by Rae Lesser Blumberg and Samuel Cohn. New York: Routledge.

Mercer, Carly T. and Stephen J. Scanlan. 2014. “Outsourcing Pollution: Sustainability Challenges and Environmental Injustice in a Globalized China” Pp. 23-46 in Globalization, Development and Security in Asia Volume 4: Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia edited by Jie-Li Li. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.

Wilson, William Richard, Andrew M. Szolosi, Bruce Martin, and Stephen J. Scanlan. 2014. "Identifying with the Gunks: Investigating the Effect that Serious Leisure Participation and Place Attachment Have on Environmental Concern among Traditional Climbers." Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 6(2): 114-132.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2014. “‘Mined’ for Its Citizens? Poverty, Opportunity Structure, and Appalachian Soldier Deaths in the Iraq War.” Journal for Appalachian Studies 20(1):43-67.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2013. "Feeding the Planet or Feeding Us a Line? Agribusiness, ‘Grainwashing,’ and Hunger in the World Food System." International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 20:357-382.

Mercer, Carly T. and Stephen J. Scanlan. (2013). “Outsourcing Pollution: Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Injustice in a Globalized China” in Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia edited by Jie-Li Li. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.

Pu, Qiongyou and Stephen J. Scanlan. 2012. "Communicating Injustice: Framing and Online Protest against Chinese Government Land Expropriation." Information, Communication, and Society 15:572-590.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2012. "Hunger and the Political Economy of the World Food System." Pp. 366-374 in The Handbook of World-Systems Analysis edited by Salvatore Babones and Christopher Chase-Dunn. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2011. “The Theoretical Roots and Sociology of Environmental Justice in Appalachia.” Pp. 3-31 in Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Equity in Appalachia edited by Michele Morrone and Geoff Buckley. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2010. “Gender, Development, and HIV/AIDS: Implications for Child Mortality and Human Security in Less Industrialized Countries.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 51: 211-32.

Scanlan, Stephen J., J. Craig Jenkins, and Lindsey Peterson. 2010. "The Scarcity Fallacy." Contexts 9:34-39.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2009. “New Direction and Discovery on the Hunger Front: Toward a Sociology of Food Security/Insecurity.” Humanity and Society 33:292-316.

Scanlan, Stephen J., Laurie Cooper Stoll, and Kimberly Lumm. 2008. “Starving for Change: The Hunger Strike and Nonviolent Action, 1906-2004.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 28: 239-323.

Jenkins, J. Craig, Stephen J. Scanlan and Lindsey Peterson. 2007. “Social Stratification, Military Famine, and Child Hunger: A Cross-National Analysis, 1990-2000.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 51:823-847.

Scanlan, Stephen J. 2004. “Women, Development, and Food Security in Less Industrialized Societies: Contributions and Challenges for the New Century.” World Development 32: 1807-29.

Jenkins, J. Craig and Stephen J. Scanlan. 2001. “Food Security in Less Developed Countries, 1970-1990.” American Sociological Review 66: 718-744.