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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: 617-552-8148

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 (co-authored with former BC student Connor Fitzmaurice) on small-scale organic agriculture in New England, and I am conducting research on the links between cranberry production and global climate change.

Courses typically taught

SOCY1501/EESC 1501 - Global Implications of Climate Change
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

From Precaution to Profit was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the International Relations Category.

Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts, 2015 Major Grant for "Organizing a Week-Long, Interdisciplinary Series of Events around Pope Francis’s much-anticipated Forthcoming Encyclical on the Environment." Co-PI: Noah Snyder.

Boston College Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2014 Ignite recipient for “Massachusetts Cranberries: Sustaining a Native Production System amidst a Changing Climate.” Co-PI: Tara Pisani Gareau.

Recent publications

Damian, White, Alan Rudy and Brian J. Gareau. 2016. Environments, Natures, and Social Theory. "Themes in Social Theory" Series, R. Stones (Series Editor) New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Gareau, Brian J. with Penelope Canan, Stephen O. Andersen, and Nancy Reichman (Special Issue eds.) 2015. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Ozone Layer Protection and Climate Change." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5(2): 111-121.

Lucier, Cristina and Brian J. Gareau. 2015. "From Waste to Resources? Interrogating 'Race to the Bottom' in the Global Environmental Governance of the Hazardous Waste Trade." Journal of World-Systems Research 21(2): 495-520.

Lucier, Cristina and Brian J. Gareau. 2014. "Obstacles to Precaution and Equity in Global Environmental Governance: Applications to the Basel Convention." International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics. DOI 10.1007/s10784-014-9261-6.

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.

Reviewed in: Social Forces 2013 (doi: 10.1093/sf/sot064); Journal of World-Systems Research 2013, 19(2): 312-314; CHOICE 2013, 51(2): 1134; Journal of Political Ecology 2014, Vol. 21; Global Environmental Politics 2014, 14(4): 147-150; Rural Sociology 2015, 80(1): 137-140; American Journal of Sociology 2014, 120(2): 607-609.

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.


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