Dr. Stephanie Malin   

Dr. Malin is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, with a focus on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio-environmental effects of market-based economies. Stephanie serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and she is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. At Colorado State, Stephanie is an award-winning teacher of courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology.  She is Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member of the Center for Environmental Justice at CSU, a Faculty Affiliate at the School for Global Environmental Sustainability, and a Faculty Affiliate and Executive Committee Member at the Colorado Water Center.

Dr. Malin is also the author of The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Stephanie conducts public sociology and engaged scholarship, and her work can additionally be found in news outlets like The Conversation and High Country News’ Writers on the Range. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the American Sociological Association, the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the Colorado Water Center. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. In her free time, Stephanie is outside camping, hiking, and enjoying our public lands with her husband and dog - and now learning how to be a mom to her newborn son.

Symposium presentation:

Dr. Malin's talk will cover her multi-year research on the ways unconventional oil and gas development can impact daily life, mental health, and environmental justice in communities that host the extractive activity. The presentation draws on research conducted in multiple northern Colorado communities since 2014 and will also tie to environmental sociology and on-going work on how to maximize environmental equity in these spaces, given that it's so vital to people's experiences of well-being and control over their daily lives. This data collected in the first three years of this study were funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a branch of the NIH. Since then, Dr. Malin has continued the study given the interest and need in surrounding communities. Overall, Dr. Malin's research focuses on extractive industries and their environmental justice, health, and economic (often, boom-bust prone) relationships with communities and people they employ.