Affiliated Faculty

Andrew Szasz
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Sociology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4662 (office), 831-459-2634 (ENVS department)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 430
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 96064

Summary of Expertise

Environmental Sociology, Sociological Theory

Research Interests

Environmental Sociology: Environmental Movements, Regulation, Environmental Justice, Consumption, Politics of Climate Change

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., Harvard University;
M.A., University of Chicago;
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors, Awards and Grants

2011 recipient of the Frederick Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award of the Environment, Technology, and Society section of the American Sociological Association

Awards for "Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves", University of Minnesota Press. 2007
- Finalist, 2008 C. Wright Mills Book Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
- Honorable Mention, 2008 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association

Awards for "EcoPopulism: Toxic Waste and the Movement for Environmental Justice". Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 1994
- Winner, Association for Humanistic Sociology Book Award, 1994-1995
- Voted one of Top 10 Environmental Sociology Books/Articles in poll conducted by the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association

Teaching Award, UCSC Alumni Association, 1991-1992

Golden Apple, UCSC Social Science Divisional Teaching Award, 2001

UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Szasz, A., 2007. Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves, University of Minnesota Press.
  • Szasz, A. 1994. EcoPopulism: Toxic Waste and the Movement for Environmental Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • “Is Green Consumption Part of the Solution?” pp. 594-608 in John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, & David Schlosberg, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • “Unintended, Inexorable: The Production of Environmental Inequalities in Santa Cruz County, California,” with Michael Meuser, American Behavioral Scientist, 43(4):602-632, 2000.
  • "Environmental Inequalities: Literature Review and Proposals for New Directions in Research and Theory," with Michael Meuser, Current Sociology, 45(3):99-120, 1997.
  • "Public Participation in the Cleanup of Contaminated Military Facilities: Democratization or Anticipatory Cooptation?" with Michael Meuser, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 34(1):1-22, 1997.
  • "Progress through Mischief: The Social Movement Alternative to Secondary Associations," Politics & Society, 20(4):521-528, 1992.
  • "In Praise of Policy Luddism: Strategic Lessons from the Hazardous Waste Wars," Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology, 2(1):17-43, 1991.
  • "Corporations, Organized Crime and the Disposal of Hazardous Waste: An Examination of the Making of a Criminogenic Regulatory Structure," Criminology, 24(1):1 27, 1986.
  • "The Process and Significance of Political Scandals: A Comparison of Watergate and the 'Sewergate' Episode at the Environmental Protection Agency," Social Problems, 33(3):202 217, 1986.
  • "The Reversal of Federal Policy Toward Worker Safety and Health: A Critical Examination of Alternative Explanations," Science and Society, 50(1):25 51, 1986.
  • "Accident Proneness: The Career of an Ideological Concept," Psychology and Social Theory, 1(4):25 35, 1984.
  • "Industrial Resistance Toward Occupational Safety and Health Legislation, 1971 1981," Social Problems, 32(2):103 116, 1984.

Teaching Interests

Environmental Justice/Environmental Inequality; Social Theory; Environmental Movements; Nuclear Power and Nuclear War; Introduction to Environmental Sociology