Assistant Professor of Sociology
Long Island Campus - O'Connor Hall E112
B.A. in Financial Administration, Michigan State University
M.A. in Sociology, DePaul University
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Riverside
Lawrence joined St. Joseph's College in 2011. He is currently teaching the courses Environment and Society (part of the environmental
studies minor), Social Change in Developing Countries and Sociological
Theory. Prior to
his arrival at St. Joseph's, Dr. Lawrence taught courses at the
University of California, Riverside, California State University at Long
Beach and the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.
Dr. Lawrence developed his research interests as a student and research assistant at the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental sociology, political economy and social evolution. His dissertation considered the evolution of energy, power and environmental degradation over the last two centuries in the modern world-system. His work has appeared in a number of journals and books, including the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, the Journal of World-Systems Research, Globalization and the ‘New’ Semi-Peripheries (edited by Owen Worth and Phoebe Moore, 2009, Palgrave Macmillan), Sociological Perspectives (with Dr. Seth Abrutyn), Global Society (with Dr. Christopher Chase-Dunn) and Social Change, Resistance and Social Practices (edited by R. D. Buono and D. Fasenfest, 2010, Boston, MA: Brill).