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Stephen J. Scanlan

Portrait of Steven Scanlan
Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies
Bentley Annex 125
Asian Studies


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

  • Development and Global Inequality
  • Environmental Sociology and Environmental Justice
  • Food, Hunger, and Society
  • Poverty and Social Stratification
  • Social Movements and Social Change

Courses Taught

  • SOC 2300: Social Inequalities and Social Change
  • SOC 2350: Food Justice
  • 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. 2023. "Food Insecurity, Inequality, and the Environment." Pp. 575-601 in The Handbook of Inequality and the Environment edited by Michael A. Long, Michael J. Lynch, and Paul B. Stretesky. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Nemes, Noemi, Stephen J. Scanlan, Pete Smith, Tone Smith, Melissa Aronczyk, Simon L. Lewis, A. Wren Montgomery, Francesco N. Tubiello and Doreen Stabinsky. 2022. "An Integrated Framework to Assess Greenwashing." Sustainability 14(8):4431-4443.

Scanlan, Stephen J. and Kerrigan Boyd. 2021. "Food, Justice, and the Appalachian Way: Tackling Hunger with Community Food Initiatives." Pp. 75-93 in From Surviving to Thriving in Appalachia edited by Michele Morrone and Tiffany Arnold. Athens, Ohio: The Appalachian Rural Health Institute.

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.