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Kari Marie Norgaard

University of Oregon
United States

Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard is a non-Native Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies who lives and thinks in Kalapuya lands at University of Oregon. She has also worked as a consultant for the Karuk Tribe on tribal environmental policy since 2003. Over the past fifteen years Dr. Norgaard has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, Indigenous environmental justice, gender and environment, race, and sociology of emotions. She is the author of over three dozen articles and book chapters, Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Nature, Colonialism and Social Action (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2011) and a recipient of the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award, a Sociology of Emotions Recent Contribution Award and the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Practice Award. Dr. Norgaard Chaired the Section on Environmental Sociology of the American Sociological Association from 2018-2019 and is a founding member and Secretary/Treasurer of the ASA Section on Indigenous Peoples and Native Nations. Her latest book Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Nature, Colonialism and Social Action was a 2020 finalist for the C.W. Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.



Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2019. “Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature and Social Action,” Rutgers University Press.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2011. ” Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life,” MIT Press.


McKay, Dwanna, Kirsten Vinyeta and Kari Norgaard. 2020. “Theorizing Race, Gender and Settler-colonialism Within US SociologySociology Compass- Race and Ethnicity 14 (9): 12821

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2020. “Whose Energy Futures, Whose Imagination? Revitalizing Sociological Theory in the Service of Human Survival.” Society and Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1733720

Allison Ford and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2020. “Whose Everyday Climate Cultures?Climatic Change.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2019Making Sense of the Spectrum of Climate Denial,” Critical Policy Studies. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2019.1671208

Brulle Robert and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2019. “Climate Change and Cultural Inertia.” Environmental Politics pp 1-23  DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1562138

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2018. “The Sociological Imagination in a Time of Climate Change.” Global and Planetary Change 163: 171-176.

Norgaard, Kari, Ron Reed and JM Bacon2018. “How Environmental Decline Restructures Indigenous Gender Practices: What Happens to Karuk Masculinity When There Are No Fish? Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(1): 98-113.

Norgaard, Kari and Ron Reed. 2017. “Emotional Impacts of Environmental Decline: What Can Attention to Native Cosmologies Teach Sociology About Emotions and Environmental Justice,” Theory and Society 46(6): 463-495.

Willette, Mirranda, Kari Marie Norgaard and Ron Reed. 2016. “You Got to Have Fish: Families, Environmental Decline and Cultural Reproduction.” Families, Relationships and Societies 5(3): pp. 375-392.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2014. “The Politics of Fire and the Social Impacts of Fire Exclusion on the Klamath.” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 39: 73-97.

Sutton, Barbara and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2013. “Cultures of Denial: Avoiding Knowledge of State Violations of Human Rights Violations in Argentina and the United States.” Sociological Forum 28(3): 495-524

Davis, Emily, Aaron David, Kari Norgaard, Timothy Parker, Kara McKay, Toz Soto, Cristine Tenant, Kate Rowe and Ron Reed. 2013. “Distribution, Abundance and Population Age Structure of Freshwater Mussels in the Klamath and Salmon Rivers of Northern California.” Northwest Science 87(3): 189-206.

Norgaard, Kari, Spenser Meeks, Brice Crayne and Frank Dunnivant. 2013. “Trace Metal Analysis of Karuk Traditional Foods in the Klamath River.” Journal of Environmental Management 4: 319-328.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2012. “Climate Denial and the Construction of Innocence: Reproducing Transnational Privilege in the Face of Climate Change.” Race, Gender & Class 19 (1-2): 104-130.

Alkon, Alison and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2009. “Breaking the Food Chains: An Investigation of Food Justice Activism.” Sociological Inquiry 79(3): 289-305.

Hormel, Leontina and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2009. “Bringing the Salmon Home! Karuk Challenges to Capitalist Incorporation.” Critical Sociology 35(3): 343-366.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2007. “The Politics of Invasive Weed Management: Gender Race and Risk Perception in Rural California.” Rural Sociology 72(3): 450-477.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2006. “People Want To Protect Themselves A Little Bit” Emotions, Denial and Social Movement Non-Participation The Case of Global Climate Change.” Sociological Inquiry 76(3): 372-396

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 2006. We Don’t Really Want to Know’ The Social Experience of Global Warming: Dimensions of Denial and Environmental Justice.” Organization and Environment 19(3): 347-470.

Norgaard, Kari Marie and Richard York. 2005. “Gender Equality and Nation State Environmentalism.” Gender and Society 19(4): 506-522.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 1999.  “Moon Phases, Menstrual Cycles and Mother Earth: The Construction of a Special Relationship Between Women and Nature,” Ethics and the Environment  4(2): 197-209.

Norgaard, Kari Marie. 1996. “Explorations of Nature and Culture: Ecological Feminism and the Enrichment of Human Ecology,” Advances in Human Ecology, Volume 5.