Kate Pride Brown

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Old CE 135
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Kate Pride Brown is a sociologist whose research focuses upon power relationships and their impact on the natural world. She received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. Among other honors, she has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.  Her recent book, Saving the Sacred Sea: The Power of Civil Society in an Age of Authoritarianism and Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines the conflict between local and transnational environmentalists, multinational corporations, and the Russian government over the future of Lake Baikal, the largest, deepest and oldest freshwater lake on Earth. Her research has appeared in Energy Research and Social Science, Environmental Politics, Environmental Sociology, Memory Studies, Nature and Culture, Research in Political Sociology, Social Movement Studies, Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy and Water Policy. Currently, she is examining financialization and the impact this change is having upon post-carbon energy development projects.

  • PhD in Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • MA in Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • BA in Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
Areas of
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Globalization
  • Political Sociology
  • Russian Society
  • Social Movements
  • Social Theory


Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Governance
  • History and Memory
  • Modernity
  • Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Sustainability


  • HTS-3055: Globalization Modern Era
  • HTS-3102: Social Theory&Structure
  • HTS-6001: Proseminar-Social Theory
  • SOC-1101: Intro to Sociology

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