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Environmental Studies
University of Mississippi

John Sonnett

Associate Professor of Sociology
Lamar Hall 531
University, MS 38677-1848
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Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.A., University of Arizona
B.A., University of Virginia

Research Interest:
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.