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Stephen J. Scanlan

Ohio University
United States
Email scanlans [at] ohio [period/dot] edu

Stephen J. Scanlan is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Honors Tutorial College Environmental Studies Program at Ohio University. He completed his master’s (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in sociology from the Ohio State University.

His research connects inequality with development and social change, environmental sociology, and social movements. His published research has examined environmental justice in Appalachia; hunger and food insecurity; and greenwashing and corporate environmental communication.

Scanlan teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice and Inequality; Poverty; and Social Movements.

Stephen J. Scanlan’s website.


Stephen J. Scanlan. 2017 “Framing Fracking: Scale-shifting and Greenwashing Risk in the Oil and Gas Industry.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (October 2017) (DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2017.1345877).

Carly T. Mercer. and Stephen J. Scanlan. 2014. “Outsourcing Pollution: Sustainability Challenges and Environmental Injustice in a Globalized China” Pp. 23-46 in Globalization, Development and Security in Asia Volume 4: Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia edited by Jie-Li Li. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.

Stephen J. Scanlan. 2013. “Feeding the Planet or Feeding Us a Line? Agribusiness, ‘Grainwashing,’ and Hunger in the World Food System.” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (2013).

Stephen J. Scanlan. 2011. “The Theoretical Roots and Sociology of Environmental Justice in Appalachia.” Pp. 3-31 in Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Equity in Appalachia edited by Michele Morrone and Geoffrey L. Buckley. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press.

Media Coverage

Interviewed for and appearance in Winter Rey Wilson documentary on fracking and wastewater injection wells, “Injection and Outrage.” 2018.

Quoted in Samantha Taylor. “OU, Athens communities highlight EPA’s role in area.” The Athens Messenger, October 4, 2017..

Interviewed for and quoted in Mark Koba, “Why the next world war will be fought over food.” December 21, 2014.

Interviewed and quoted in Frank Stephenson. “National Sacrifice: Environmental Scholars Cast Light on the Dark Side of Appalachia’s Role as the Heart of Energy Production in the United States.” Ohio University Perspectives. October 2011