Associate Professor of Sociology
Lamar Hall 531
University, MS 38677-1848
sonnett at olemiss.edu
Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.A., University of Arizona
B.A., University of Virginia
My research examines how environmental issues are represented in the media, and I’ve studied news reporting about drought, wildfires, and climate change. For example, a recent co-authored article in Socius compares news about climate policy in 17 diverse societies, finding much more debate about climate science and policy in Anglo-American countries than in other European, Asian, and Developing countries.
At the University of Mississippi, I usually teach SOC 411 Environment, Technology, & Society in the fall semester. In this course, we cover topics such as environmental communication, environmental justice, climate change, and ecovillages. I hope to give students a better sense of how existing social patterns have come to be and how they might be changed.