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Richard York

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-5267
  • Office: 730 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter: Mondays 1-4
  • Interests: Place and Environment, Population and Ecology, Theory Knowledge Science, Quantitative Approaches
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Richard York received his B.S. in Psychology from Southern Oregon State College in 1994, his M.S. in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2002.  He joined the University of Oregon in 2002, and is now Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies.  He is an environmental sociologist whose work combines human ecology and political economy.  He is both a theorist and an empirical researcher, who primarily uses quantitative methods.

One focus of his research is on how the structural characteristics of societies, including demographic, economic, and technological factors, influence levels of resource consumption and pollution emissions.  Additionally, he examines the connections between animals and societies.  He also studies the sociology, philosophy, and history of science.

Research Interests

  • climate change, energy, and society
  • critical human ecology
  • philosophy, history, and sociology of science

Teaching Areas

  • environmental sociology
  • statistics
  • research methods

Selected Publications

York, Richard and Philip Mancus.  2013.  “The Invisible Animal: Anthrozoology and Macrosociology.”  Sociological Theory 31(1): 75-91.

York, Richard.  2012.  “Asymmetric Effects of Economic Growth and Decline on CO2 Emissions.”  Nature Climate Change 2(11): 762-764.

York, Richard.  2012.  “Residualization Is Not the Answer: Rethinking How to Address Multicollinearity.”  Social Science Research 41(6): 1379-1386.

York, Richard.  2012.  “Do Alternative Energy Sources Displace Fossil Fuels?”  Nature Climate Change 2(6): 441-443.

York, Richard and Eugene A. Rosa.  2012.  “Choking on Modernity: A Human Ecology of Air Pollution.”  Social Problems 59(2): 282-300.

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