Kirk S. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Associate Chairperson and Associate Professor of Sociology
Human Relations LI
SJC Long Island
- O'Connor Hall, Room E106A
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside
M.A., Sociology, DePaul University
B.A., Financial Administration, Michigan State University
Dr. Lawrence joined St. Joseph's College in 2011. He is currently teaching the courses Environment and Society (part of the environmental studies minor), Globalization, and Sociological Theory. Prior to his arrival at St. Joseph's, Dr. Lawrence taught at the University of California, Riverside, California State University at Long Beach, and the University of La Verne in La Verne, California.
Scholarly & Professional Interests
Kirk 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, California.
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).
(Under Review) “The Degradation of Nature and the Growth of Environmental Concern: Toward a Theory of the Capture and Limits of Ecological Value,” with Seth Abrutyn. Human Ecology Review.
“Global Environmentalists and their Movements at the World Social Forums,” with Matheu Kaneshiro and Christopher Chase-Dunn. 2012. Chp. 10 in The Handbook of the World Social Forums, edited by J. Smith, E. Reese, S. Byrd, and E. Smythe, eds. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.
“The Thermodynamics of Unequal Exchange: Energy Use, CO2 Emissions, and GDP in the World-System, 1975-2005.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 2009. 50(3-4): 335-359.
(Forthcoming) “Settlement Scale Shifts Since the Bronze Age: Upsweeps, Collapses and Semiperipheral Development,” with Hiroko Inoue, Alexis Álvarez, Eugene N. Anderson, Andrew Owen, Rebecca Álvarez,and Christopher Chase-Dunn. Social Science History.
“The Next Three Futures, Part 1: Looming Crises of Global Inequality, Ecological Degradation, and a Failed System of Global Governance,” with Christopher Chase-Dunn. 2011. Global Society 25(2): 137-154.
“Chiefdom to State: Toward an Integrative Theory of the Evolution of Polity,” with Seth Abrutyn. Sociological Perspectives. 2010. 53(3): 419-442.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
— Henry David Thoreau