Professor Erik Solevad Nielsen

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Kansas
  • B.A. Psychology and Sociology, Dana College

Contact Information:

Email: TBA
Voicemail: TBA
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-I

Areas of Expertise:

Political Economy, Urban Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Social Welfare Systems, Organizations and Institutions, Ethnicities, Globalization, Science and Technoology Studies

Academic Interests:

My principal areas of specialization are in political economy with a focus on the intersections of economic, urban, and environmental sociology. As part of this focus, I have teaching interests in comparative social welfare systems and social theory. My current research focuses on “smart growth” and other innovative approaches to managing urban development. The findings from this research suggest that the conventional real estate industry regards most sustainable development as too risky to support. I argue that regulatory frameworks must be modified to entice sustainable urban building practices. Additionally, I have studied ethnic conflict in the African Sahel, specifically Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In research on the ethnic cleansing in Darfur, I contended that ethnic boundaries shifted and were militarized over time in reaction to disruptive political, economic, and ecological events in the broader Sahel.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 375: Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 461: Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SOCI 497: Globalization (Special Topics)

Selected Publications:

  • Nielsen, Erik Solevad and Foran, John. (Forthcoming). “William R. Freudenburg, A Life in Social Research: A Review Essay.” Journal of Environment and Development: A Review of International Policy.
  • Nielsen, Erik Solevad. (Forthcoming). “Smart Growth Machines: The Ecological Modernization of Urban Political Economy.” Research in Urban Studies: Sustainable Cities: Global Concerns/Urban Efforts, 15.
  • Nielsen, Erik. 2008. “Ethnic Boundaries and Conflict in Darfur: An Event Structure Hypothesis.” Ethnicities, 8(4): 427-462.