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Ian Carrillo

University of Oklahoma

Based in

United States
North America

I am an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma, where I study the intersections between race and ethnicity, the environment, the climate crisis, development, and organizations. My geographic areas of interest are Brazil and the United States. My current book project focuses on racial capitalism in Brazil’s agribusiness sector. I completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the National Science Foundation, and has been published in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Environmental Sociology, Current Sociology, and Agriculture and Human Values.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Brazil

Focus areas of expertise

History Climate Justice Agriculture Social movements

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Carrillo, Ian. 2022. “The Environmental State and the Racial State in Tension: Does Racism Impede Environmentalism?” Pp. 365-80, in The Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism. Edited by David Tindall, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Riley Dunlap. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Carrillo, Ian. 2022. “Racism and Anti-Environmentalism in US Politics.” Global Dialogue 12(1)

Carrillo, Ian, katrina quisumbing king, and Kai A. Schafft. 2021. “Race, Ethnicity, and 21st Century Rural Sociological Imaginings: A Special Issue Introduction.” Rural Sociology 86(3):419-433.

Carrillo, Ian and Annabel Ipsen. 2021. “Worksites as Sacrifice Zones: Structural Precarity and Covid-19 in US Meatpacking.” Sociological Perspectives 64(5):726-746.

Carrillo, Ian and Annabel Ipsen. 2021. “Meatpacking work: creating structural precarity and sacrifice zones in COVID-19.” Work in Progress. October 21.

Carrillo, Ian. 2021. Power and Race in Brazil’s Labor-Environment Nexus. Footnotes 49(3)

Carrillo, Ian and David Pellow. 2021. “Critical Environmental Justice and the Nature of the Firm.” Agriculture and Human Values 38:815-826.

Carrillo, Ian. 2021. Racialized Organizations and Colorblind Racial Ideology in Brazil.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 7(1):56-70.

Carrillo, Ian. 2021. The Racial Fix and Environmental State Formation.” Current Sociology 69(5):641-659.

Carrillo, Ian. 2017. “When Farm Work Disappears: Labor and Environmental Change in the Brazilian Sugar–Energy Industry.” Environmental Sociology 3(1):42-53.

Carrillo, Ian. 2014. “New Developmentalism and the Challenges to Long-Term Stability in Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives 41(5): 59-74.