Jill Harrison
Associate Professor • Undergraduate Chair

Office: KTCH 248

Jill Lindsey Harrison (PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2006) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture and food systems, environmental justice, political theories of justice, and immigration politics, with a regional emphasis on the United States. She has used her research on political conflict over agricultural pesticide poisonings in California, recent escalations in immigration enforcement in rural Wisconsin, and government agencies’ environmental justice efforts to help identify and explain the persistence of environmental inequalities and workplace inequalities in the United States today. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, she published Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2011), which won book awards from the Rural Sociological Society and the Association of Humanist Sociology, and From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies (MIT Press, 2019).

Selected Publications

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2017. “’We Do Ecology, Not Sociology’: Interactions among Bureaucrats and the Undermining of Regulatory Agencies’ Environmental Justice Efforts.” Environmental Sociology 3(3): 197-212. 

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2016. “Bureaucrats’ Tacit Understandings and Social Movement Policy Implementation: Unpacking the Deviation of Agency Environmental Justice Programs from EJ Movement Priorities.” Social Problems 63(4): 534-553.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2015. “Coopted Environmental Justice? Activists’ Roles in Shaping EJ Policy Implementation.” Environmental Sociology 1(4): 241-255. Winner of the 2017 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey, and Christy Getz. 2014. “Farm Size and Job Quality: Mixed-Methods Studies of Hired Farm Work in California and Wisconsin.” Agriculture and Human Values 32(4): 617-634.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2014. “Neoliberal Environmental Justice: Mainstream Ideas of Justice in Political Conflict over Agricultural Pesticides in the United States.” Environmental Politics 23(4): 650-669.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey, and Sarah E. Lloyd. 2013. “New Jobs, New Workers, and New Inequalities: Explaining Employers’ Roles in Occupational Segregation by Nativity and Race.” Social Problems 60(3): 281-301.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey, and Sarah E. Lloyd. 2012. “Illegality at Work: Deportability and the Productive New Era of Immigration Enforcement.” Antipode 44(2): 365-385.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2011. Parsing ‘Participation’ in Action Research: Navigating the Challenges of Lay Involvement in Technically Complex Participatory Science Projects.” Society and Natural Resources 24(7): 702-716.

Harrison, Jill Lindsey. 2011. Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Winner of the 2012 Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award, Rural Sociological Society, and Winner of the 2012 Association of Humanist Sociology Book Award. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/pesticide-drift-and-pursuit-environmental-justice