Debbie V.S. Kasper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

B.A., St. Norbert College, Sociology
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology; Doctoral Minor: Social Thought Program

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Dr. Kasper is an environmental sociologist who teaches a wide array of courses at Hiram (including: Environmental Sociology, Permaculture, Transitions in Human Settlements, Community, The Sociology of Food, and more).  Her current research involves two main themes: 1) developing a comprehensive theoretical framework to guide environmental sociology and sustainability studies and 2) investigating the development of "normal" (that is, the perceptions and practices that guide everyday life)—its environmental impacts, and the processes by which it changes.  She currently serves as faculty mentor to Hiram's SEED Scholars, directs the Environmental Studies TREE House project, and is co-editor  of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) newsletter.  Dr. Kasper is also thoroughly enjoying the process of establishing an edible forest garden at her family's home in Hiram, OH. 

Selected Publications

Posts to the Discovery Blog.  Ongoing.

2014.  "Codifying Figurational Theory and Mapping Common Ground in Sociology...and Beyond." Human Figurations 3(1): Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.11217607.0003.104

2013.  "Advancing Sociology Through a Focus on Relational Processes." Pp. 67-86 in Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues, edited by Christopher Powell and Francois Dépelteau. Palgrave-Macmillan.

2012.  "When it Comes to Stuff, 'Just Say No' is Not Enough."  Invited essay for the SSPP Blog: The Official Blog of Sustainability, Science, Practice, and Policy.  July 3. 

2012.  "Advancing Sociology Through a Focus on Relational Processes."  Chapter for Relational Sociology: From Project to Paradigm, edited by Christopher Powell and Francois Dépelteau.  Forthcoming.

2009.  "Ecological Habitus: Toward a Better Understanding of Socioecological Relations."  Organization& Environment 22(3): 311-326.

2008.  "Redefining Community in the Ecovillage."  Human Ecology Review.  15:12-24.

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