Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Brian Gareau

Sociology Department


Brian Gareau

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

McGuinn Hall 412
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4130

Curriculum Vitae*



Scholarly interests

Environmental Sociology, Science, Knowledge and Technology, Globalization, Rural Sociology/Agrofood Studies, Global Environmental Governance

Academic profile

My professional work focuses on the sociology of global environmental governance, especially the governance of ozone layer depletion and global climate change. I also publish on theorizations of society/nature relations, alternative developments, and the possibility of making global agriculture socio-ecologically sustainable. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the methyl bromide controversy in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Courses typically taught

SOCY1031 - Society and Environmental Transformations
SOCY3348/INTL3348 - Environmental Sociology
SOCY3349 - Environmental Studies: Select Topics
INTL4941 - International Studies Senior Seminar
SOCY5562 - Environmental Sociology I
SOCY5570 - Political Sociology
SOCY5572 - Sociology of Science Studies

Recent Professional Honors and Awards

Eric Wolf Prize of The Political Ecology Society (2011)

Boston College Faculty Research Incentive Grant (2009-2010)

Editorial Review Board of the Journal of World-Systems Research (2010-present)

Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young Award, American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Section on Marxist Sociology (2008)

Recent publications

Gareau, Brian J. 2013. From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol. Yale Agrarian Studies Series (James C. Scott, series editor). New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Gareau, Brian J. 2012 “The Limited Influence of Global Civil Society in the Montreal Protocol.” Environmental Politics. 21(1): 88-107.
1st Place Winner of the 2008 Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Paper Competition.

Gareau, Brian J. 2012. “Theorizing Environmental Governance of the World System: Global Political Economy Theory and Some Applications to Stratospheric Ozone Politics.” Journal of World-Systems Research*. 12(2): 187-210.

Gareau, Brian J. 2012. “Worlds Apart: A Social Theoretical Exploration of Local Networks, Natural Actors, and Practitioners of Rural Development in Southern Honduras.” Sustainability. 4(7): 1596-1618.

Gareau, Brian J. 2010 "A Critical Review of the Successful CFC Phase-Out versus the Delayed Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in the Montreal Protocol." International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics. 10(3): 209-231.

Gareau, Brian J., with E. Melanie DuPuis. 2009. “From Public to Private Global Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Montreal Protocol’s Stalled Methyl Bromide Phase-outEnvironment & Planning A. 41(10): 2305-2323.

Gareau, Brian J. 2008. “Dangerous Holes in Global Environmental Governance: The Roles of Neo-liberal Discourse, Science, and California Agriculture in the Montreal Protocol.” Antipode. 40(1): 102-130.
1st Place Winner of the 2008 Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young Award of the ASA Section on Marxist Sociology.


* Please note: These files are Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) formatted files. To view them, you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat file reader.