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Elizabeth A. EastElizabeth A. East

I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Sociology with concentrations in Political Economy and Environmental Sociology. My research focuses on the historical development of corporate political organizations within extractive sectors and the impact of corporate political work on environmental politics. I am also a qualitative researcher with experience in comparative/historical methods, field research, and qualitative content analysis.

I enjoy non-fiction, photography, gardening, playing guitar and ukulele, family and friends, and being with and around people in general. I am an avid bluegrass and Americana music fan and take advantage of Knoxville's active music scene whenever I am able. In addition to my academic work, I am also an organizer and participant in local feminist praxis and environmental organizations. This connection to community and movements guides my research, teaching, and desire to actualize a different world.

Interest Areas

Environmental Sociology, Political Economy, Environmental Politics, Corporate Political Strategy, Qualitative Methods

  • Lamphere, Jenna A. and Elizabeth A. East. 2016. “Monsanto’s Biotechnology Politics: Discursive and Social Change.” Environmental Communication Forthcoming
  • East, Elizabeth A. and Jayanni Webster. 2014. "Student Activism and the University." Pp. 309 – 319 in Social Justice and the University: Globalization, Human Rights, and the Future of Democracy edited by Jon Shefner, Harry F. Dahms, Robert Emmet Jones, and Asafa Jalata. New York: Palgrave MacMillan
  • East, Elizabeth A. 2014. "Sun Come Up and Hudson Shad/Planning for Floods Film Review." Teaching Sociology Forthcoming
  • Maples, James N. and Elizabeth A. East. 2013. "Destroying Mountains, Destroying Cemeteries: A Case Study of Historic Mountain Cemeteries in Southern West Virginia's Coal Fields." Journal for Appalachian Studies 19(1-2): 7-26
  • Dandaneau, Steven P. and Elizabeth A. East. 2011. "Listening to Sociological Elders: An Interview with Maurice R. Stein." American Sociologist 42(1): 129-144.
  • Dandaneau, Steven P. and Elizabeth A. East. 2011. "The Sociology of Birth and Death: An Interview with Maurice R. Stein." Humanity and Society 35(1-2): 176-188.
  • East, Elizabeth A. 2011. "The Framing of Problems and Solutions by NGOs, Corporations, and States: The Cases of Oromia and Ethiopia." Journal of Oromo Studies 17(2): 131-156
  • Sociology 110: Social Problems and Social Justice
  • Sociology 120: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 127: Honors Introduction to Sociology (Sociology of Birth and Death)
  • Sociology 345: Social Movements
  • Sociology 495: Social Justice and Community Service (Field Research Supervisor)

 

2016

  • Corporate Political Mobilization: Organizing Oil in the Early 1900s. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 19-21, Seattle, WA.
  • Corporate Political Mobilization: the Case of the American Petroleum Institute. Paper presented at the Comparative Historical Sociology conference, August 19, 2016, Seattle, WA.

2015

  • Corporate Organizing and Political Process: the Case of the American Petroleum Institute in U.S. Environmental and Energy Politics, 1919-2014. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 21-23, 2015, Chicago, IL.
  • Monsanto’s Biotechnology Politics: Discourses of Legitimation. Paper presented with Jenna A. Lamphere at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 21-23, 2015, Chicago, IL.

2014

  • The Case of Monsanto's Political Evolution in Biotechnology Politics. Paper presented with Jenna Lamphere at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 2-5, 2013. Charlotte, NC.    

2013

  • Internet-Based Data and Qualitative Case Studies: Challenges and Opportunities. Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 24-27, 2013. Atlanta, GA.
  • The Politics of Protection and Promotion: The Case of the Coal Industry in Environmental Politics. Paper presented at the Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, February 28-March 2, 2013. Lexington, KY.

2012

  • The Politics of Protection and Promotion: The Case of the Coal Industry in Environmental Politics. Master's thesis presentation at the Sociology and Social Justice Colloquium Series, September 26, 2012. Knoxville, TN.
  • The Politics of Protection: Corporate Actors in Climate Change Discourse. Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March 21-24, 2012. New Orleans, LA.

2011

  • The Creation of Clean Coal: An Analysis of Claims by Fossil Fuels Industries in Climate Change Discourse. Paper presented with Robert E. Jones at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, June 4-8, 2011. Madison, WI.
  • Destroying Us One Body at a Time: The Destruction of Historical Mountain Cemeteries by Mountaintop Removal in Boone County, WV. Paper presented with James N. Maples at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 5-8, 2011. Jacksonville, FL.

2010

  • Mountaintop Removal: Field Research Observations and Opportunities. Presentation with Sara Malley, Carmel Price, Grant Mincy, Katie Morris, and James N. Maples at the Center for the Study of Social Justice Fall 2010 Colloquium Series, Oct. 1, 2010. Knoxville, TN.
  • Beginning at Home: Actualizing Social Justice in Group Dynamics. Presentation with Katie Morris and Meghan Conley at the Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, June 2-5, 2010. Knoxville, TN.
  • The Implications of Non-problems: the Framing of Coal. Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 21-24, 2010. Atlanta, GA.

Professional Service

  • 2014-2018 - Listserv Moderator, Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • 2014-2017 - Environment and Technology Division Newsletter Editor, Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • 2014-2015 - Membership and Outreach Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • 2012-2014 - Information Technology Options Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems

Departmental and University Service

  • 2015-2016 - Webmaster, Sociology Graduate Student Association, UTK
  • 2014-2015 - Social Co-Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Association, UTK
  • 2013-2014 - Webmaster, Sociology Graduate Student Association, UTK
  • 2010-2011 - Conference Coordinating Committee Member for Social Justice and the University Conference, UTK
  • 2010-2011 - SGSA Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Association, UTK
  • 2009-2010 - Events Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Association, UTK

Community Organizing and Service

  • Graduate Workers Organizing Committee: Member
  • Oxfam America: Advisor for CHANGE Program
  • United Campus Workers – Communication Workers of America (Union): Member
  • American Sociological Association:
    • Section Memberships:
      • Comparative and Historical Sociology
      • Environment and Technology
      • PEWS
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems:
    • Section Memberships:
      • Environment and Technology
      • Teaching Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society

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