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Stephen Scanlan, Ph.D.

  • Co-Director of Studies, Honors Tutorial College Program in Environmental Studies
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator for Sociology
  • Professor of Sociology

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Justice
Environmental sociology
Food Insecurity
Food justice
Hunger and food insecurity
Social Movements and Popular Protests

Expert Bio

Stephen J. Scanlan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. His research interests include development and comparative social change, environmental sociology, social stratification and social movements.  More specifically his published research has examined environmental justice and poverty in Appalachia; food deserts; gender and development; global hunger; and greenwashing and corporate environmental communication.

Scanlan teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in environmental sociology, poverty, social change, and social movements.  In addition, he directs a study abroad program in Ireland each spring titled Food, Hunger and Inequality: The Great Irish Famine in Contemporary Perspective. Finally, he has offered numerous honors tutorials including alternative food movements, food justice, and environmental justice among other topics.

In addition to research, he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of World-Systems Research and Teaching Sociology and is vice-president of the board of directors for Community Food Initiatives, an Athens, Ohio based non-profit addressing food security in Appalachia.  He has multiple memberships in professional organizations including the American Sociological Association, the Appalachian Studies Association and the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

His research has appeared in a number of edited volumes in addition to being published in several academic journals including American Sociological Review; International Journal of Comparative Sociology; International Journal of Agriculture and Food; International Journal of Comparative Sociology; Journal of Appalachian Studies; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability; Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change; and World Development among others.

He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with minors in history and religious studies magna cum laude from the University of Dayton in 1993.  He completed his master’s (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in sociology from the Ohio State University.

Expertise at a Glance

Scanlan is an expert in environmental justice, food insecurity and poverty. His research examines environmental justice and poverty in Appalachia, food deserts, gender and development, and greenwashing and corporate environmental communications.

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