Environmental Sociology, Science, Knowledge and Technology, Globalization, Rural Sociology/Agrofood Studies, Global Environmental Governance
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
SC031 - Society and Environmental Transformations
SC348/ IN348 - Environmental Sociology
SC349 - Environmental Studies: Select Topics
SC530/ IN530 - International Studies Senior Seminar
SC562 - Environmental Sociology I
SC570 - Political Sociology
SC572 - 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)
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. 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-out” Environment & 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.
Gareau, Brian J. 2008. “Class Consciousness or Natural Consciousness? Socionatural Relations and the Potential for Social Change: Suggestions from Development in Southern Honduras” Rethinking Marxism. 20(1): 120-141.
Gareau, Brian J. 2007. “Ecological Values amid Local Interests: Natural Resource Conservation, Social Differentiation, and Human Survival in Honduras.” Rural Sociology. 72(2): 244-268.
Commendation in the 2005-6 International Sociological Association (ISA) Worldwide Writing Competition for Junior Sociologists.