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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Sociology (Area concentration: Environment), Michigan State University, 2014
--Specializations: Environmental Science & Policy; Animal Studies; Gender, Justice, & Environmental Change
--Dissertation: “Nature, Sociology, and the Frankfurt School” (co-advisors: Linda Kalof and Thomas Dietz)

M.A., Sociology, University of Wyoming, 2011
--Thesis: “The Metabolic Rifts of Livestock Agribusiness” (advisor: David Ashley)

B.A., Secondary Education/Social Studies, cum laude, Sociology Minor, University of Wyoming, 2009


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Environmental Sociology, Social Theory, Political Economy, Animal Studies, Sociology of Technology


EMPLOYMENT

Miami University

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Fall 2015 –


Michigan State University

Fixed-term Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

Instructor, Department of Sociology, Summer 2013

Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Fall 2011 – Spring 2014


University of Wyoming

Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Fall 2009 – Spring 2011


PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Gunderson, Ryan. Forthcoming. “Ideology Critique for the Environmental Social Sciences: What Reproduces the Treadmill of Production?” Nature and Culture.

Stuart, Diana and Ryan Gunderson. Forthcoming. “Animals as Fictitious Commodities: Exploitation and Consequences in Industrial Agriculture.” Society & Animals.

Gunderson, Ryan. In press. “Sympathetic Introspection as Method and Practice: Cooley's Contributions to Critical Qualitative Inquiry and the Theory of Mind Debate.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

Whitley, Cameron, Ryan Gunderson, and Meghan Charters. In press. “Public Receptiveness to Policies Promoting Plant-based Diets: Framing Effects and Social Psychological and Structural Influences.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen. In press. “Ideological Obstacles to Effective Climate Policy: The Greening of Markets, Technology, and Growth.” Capital & Class.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. “Environmental Knowledge, Technology, and Values: Reconstructing Max Scheler’s Phenomenological Environmental Sociology.” Human Studies 40(3):401-419.

Gunderson, Ryan and Sun-Jin Yun. 2017. “South Korean Green Growth and the Jevons Paradox: An Assessment with Democratic and Degrowth Policy Recommendations.” Journal of Cleaner Production 144:239-247.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. “The Problem of Technology as Valuation Errors: The Paradox of the Means in Simmel and Scheler.” Technology in Society 48:64-69.

Dentzman, Katherine, Ryan Gunderson, and Raymond Jussaume. 2016. “Techno-optimism as a Barrier to Overcoming Herbicide Resistance: Comparing Farmer Perceptions of the Future Potential of Herbicides.” Journal of Rural Studies 48:22-32.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “The Will to Consume: Schopenhauer and Consumer Society.” Critical Horizons 17(3-4):376-389.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “The Sociology of Technology before the Turn to Technology.” Technology in Society 47:40-48.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “Anomie’s Eastern Origins: The Buddha’s Indirect Influence on Durkheim’s Understanding of Desire and Suffering.” European Journal of Social Theory 19(3):355-373.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “Environmental Sociology and the Frankfurt School 2: Ideology, Techno-science, Reconciliation.” Environmental Sociology 2(1):64-76.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2015. “Environmental Sociology and the Frankfurt School 1: Reason and Capital.” Environmental Sociology 1(3):224-235.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2015. “A Defense of the ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’: The Frankfurt School’s Nonideal Theory.” Acta Sociologica 58(1):25-38.

  • Selected for inclusion in 2017 special virtual issue, "Four Generations of Critical Theory in Acta Sociologica," edited by Bjørn Schiermer and Andreas Pettenkofer.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2014. “Social Barriers to Biophilia: Merging Structural and Ideational Explanations for Environmental Degradation.” The Social Science Journal 51(4):681-685.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2014. “Habermas in Environmental Thought: Anthropocentric Kantian or Forefather of Ecological Democracy?” Sociological Inquiry 84(4):626-653.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2014. “The First-generation Frankfurt School on the Animal Question: Foundations for a Normative Sociological Animal Studies.” Sociological Perspectives 57(3):285-300.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2014. “Erich Fromm’s Ecological Messianism: The First Biophilia Hypothesis as Humanistic Social Theory.” Humanity & Society 38(2):182-204.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2014. “Problems with the Defetishization Thesis: Ethical Consumerism, Alternative Food Systems, and Commodity Fetishism.” Agriculture and Human Values 31(1):109-117.

  • Earlier draft received the 2011-2012 Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Graduate Student Paper Award.

Gunderson, Ryan and Diana Stuart. 2014. “Industrial Animal Agribusiness and Environmental Sociological Theory: Applications and Areas for Development.” International Journal of Sociology 44(1):54-74.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “Recovering a Disillusioned Modernism: The Enlightened Pessimism of Classical Sociology.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory 31:129-159.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “Animal Epistemology and Ethics in Schopenhauerian Metaphysics.” Environmental Ethics 35(3):349-361.

Stuart, Diana, Rebecca L. Schewe, and Ryan Gunderson. 2013. “Extending Social Theory to Farm Animals: Addressing Alienation in the Dairy Sector.” Sociologia Ruralis 53(2):201-222.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “From Cattle to Capital: Exchange Value, Animal Commodification, and Barbarism.” Critical Sociology 39(2):259-275.

  • Received the 2014 Jane Goodall Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship from the Section on Animals & Society of the American Sociological Association.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2012. “Meat and Inequality: Environmental Health Consequences of Livestock Agribusiness.” Environmental Justice 5(1):54-58.

  • Reprint: Pp. 101-108 in Political Ecologies of Meat, edited by Jody Emel and Harvey Neo. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2011. “The Metabolic Rifts of Livestock Agribusiness.” Organization & Environment 24(4):404-422.


Other Publications: Book and Encyclopedia Chapters and Peer-reviewed Research Notes
 
Muschert, Glenn W. and Ryan Gunderson. Forthcoming. "The Sociology of Simmel and Digital Divides: Information, Value, Exchange, and Sociation in the Networked Environment." In Theorizing Digital Divides, edited by Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn W. Muschert. New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, Ryan and Thomas Dietz. Forthcoming. “Deliberation and Catastrophic Risks.” In Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, edited by André Bächtiger, Jane Mansbridge, Mark Warren, and John Dryzek. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. “Commodification of Nature.” Pp. 846-865 in International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Vol. II, edited by Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Whyte, Kyle P., Ryan Gunderson, and Brett Clark. 2017. “Is Technology Use Insidious?” Pp. 41-61 iPhilosophy, Technology, and the Environment, edited by David M. Kaplan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. “Sympathy Regulated by Communicative Reason: Horkheimer, Habermas, and Animals.” Pp. 187-203 in The Persistence of Critical Theory: Culture & Civilization, vol. 8, edited by Gabriel R. Ricci. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen. 2016. “Factory Farming: Impacts and Potential Solutions.” Pp. 27-37 in Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2016, edited by Glenn Muschert, Brian Klocke, Robert Perrucci, and John Shefner. Chicago: Policy Press.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2012. “Horkheimer’s Pessimism and Compassion.” Telos 160:165-172.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2011. “Marx’s Comments on Animal Welfare.” Rethinking Marxism 23(4):543-548.


Under Review

Gunderson, Ryan. “Global Environmental Governance Should Be Participatory: Five Problems of Scale.”

Gunderson, Ryan, Brian Peterson, and Diana Stuart. “A Critical Examination of Geoengineering: Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context.”

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen. "The Political Economy of Geoengineering as Plan B: Technological Rationality, Moral Hazard, and New Technology."

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, Brian Petersen, and Sun-Jin Yun. "Social Conditions to Better Realize the Environmental Gains of Alternative Energy: Degrowth and Collective Ownership."

Stuart, Diana, Ryan Gunderson, and Brian Petersen. "Climate Change and the Polanyian Counter-movement: Carbon Markets or Degrowth?"


In Preparation

Gunderson, Ryan. "Attending to the Impacts of Technology without Technological Determinism."

Gunderson, Ryan. "Debord for Environmental Sociology."

Gunderson, Ryan. "How to 'Make the Familiar Strange' in Sociological Research." 

Gunderson, Ryan. "Philosophical Anthropology and Sociology."

Gunderson, Ryan. "Structural Analysis and the Problem of Suffering."


GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS

College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Grant for “The Green Growth Strategy and the Jevons Paradox,” Miami University, 2016

Jane Goodall Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship from the Section on Animals & Society of the American Sociological Association, 2014

Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, Spring 2014

Animal Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, Fall 2013

Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2012 – 2013

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Graduate Student Paper Award, 2011 – 2012

Animal Studies Graduate Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2011 – 2012

Chet Meeks Scholarship Award, University of Wyoming, 2011

Sociology Department Summer Research Grant, University of Wyoming, 2010


TEACHING

Miami University

Environment, Society & Justice; Introduction to Social Justice Studies; Research Methods; Social Stratification


Michigan State University

International Development and Change (online course); Society and the Individual (face-to-face and online courses)

As Teaching Assistant: Criminology (hybrid course); Family and Society; Modern Society of Vietnam, China and Japan; People and Environment; Society and the Individual; Technology and Society (online course)


University of Wyoming

As Teaching Assistant: Principles of Sociology; Race and Ethnic Relations; Sociology of Religion


PRESENTATIONS

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Values, Technology, and Environmental Knowledge: Reconstructing Max Scheler's Phenomenological Environmental Sociology." 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montreal Canada: August 15.

Gunderson, Ryan (co-authors: Diana Stuart and Brian Petersen). 2017. "Ideological Obstacles to Effective Climate Policy: The Greening of Markets, Technology, and Growth." 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Montreal, Canada: August 12.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Overcoming Ideology in Climate Policy: 'Green' Markets, Technology, and Growth vs. the Alternatives." Invited Speaker for the Brain Korea 21 Plus Colloquium in Seoul National University's Graduate School of Environmental Studies. Seoul, South Korea, March 22.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “The Sociology of Technology before the Turn to Technology: Insights from Classical Sociology.” 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA, August 21.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. “Why Global Environmental Governance Should Be Participatory: Empirical and Theoretical Justifications and the Problem of Scale.” 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Seattle, WA, August 20.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2015. “Anomie’s Eastern Origins: The Buddha’s Indirect Influence on Durkheim’s Understanding of Desire and Suffering.” 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago, IL, August 24.

Stuart, Diana (presented by second author, Ryan Gunderson, due to scheduling conflict). 2015. “Animals as Fictitious Commodities: Exploitation, Consequences, and Counter-movements.” 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Chicago, IL, August 24.

Gunderson, Ryan (co-authors: Brian Petersen and Diana Stuart). 2014. “A Critical Examination of Geoengineering: From How to Why.” 2014 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association. Muskegon, MI, October 25.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “Environmental Sociology and the Frankfurt School: Dormant Insights from the Midcentury.” 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York, NY, August 13.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “Problems with the Defetishization Thesis.” 2013 Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society. East Lansing, MI, June 20.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2013. “The Biophilia Hypothesis Before E. O. Wilson: Human-nature Relations in Erich Fromm’s Social Psychology.” Michigan State University's Environmental Science and Policy Program's Student Research Seminar Series. East Lansing, MI, February 21.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2012. “The Frankfurt School on the Animal Question.” 2012 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association. Grand Rapids, MI, October 27.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2012. “Problems with the Defetishization Thesis: The Case of a Farmer’s Market.” 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Denver, CO, August 19.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2011. “Horkheimer’s Pessimism and Compassion.” University of Wyoming's Graduate Conference of Celebration and Criticism. Laramie, WY, April 2.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SERVICE

Professional Associations

American Sociological Association, Member, 2010 -  

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2013 -

Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2016 -


Service to the Profession

Chair, Section on Animals & Society of the American Sociological Association Awards Committee, 2017

Secretary-Treasurer, Section on Animals & Society of the American Sociological Association, 2016 –

Member, Section on Animals & Society of the American Sociological Association Awards Committee, 2015

Member, Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, 2012 – 2013

Manuscript Reviewer

Agriculture and Human Values; American Journal of Sociology; American Sociological Review; Anthrozoös; Capital & Class; Critical Sociology; Environmental Sociology; European Journal of Social Theory; International Journal of Sociology; Journal of Political Ecology; Organization & Environment; Qualitative Sociology; Social Justice Research; Social Problems; Sociological Forum; Sociological Inquiry; Sociological Perspectives; Socius


Service to Students

Member, Brian Marbury’s (Northern Arizona University) Thesis Committee, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

International Thesis Advisor of Francesco Blaganò (University of Calabria), Spring 2016

Outside Member, Laurent Cilia’s (University of Colorado at Boulder) Comprehensive Examination Committee, Fall 2015 – 


Service to Universities


Co-director, Social Justice Scholars, University Academic Scholars Program, Miami University, Fall 2017 - 

Judge, 2015 Miami University Graduate School Graduate Research Forum, Oct. 30th 2015, Shriver Center and Art Building

Panel Moderator, Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education, Michigan State University, The Julian Samora Research Institute, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, March 27, 2015

Faculty Co-advisor, Student Animals and Society Institute, Michigan State University Chapter, 2015


Service to Departments

Member, Recruitment Committee, Sociology and Social Justice Studies Component, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Fall 2016

Member, Assessment Committee, Sociology and Social Justice Studies Component, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Fall 2016

Member, VAP Search Committee, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Spring 2016

Member, SJS/Criminology Committee, Sociology and Social Justice Studies Component, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Spring 2016

Member, Sherry Corbett Memorial Lecture Committee, Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Fall 2015 –