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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Debbie Kasper is an environmental sociologist with specialties in sociological theory, community and culture formation, and social change.  She teaches a wide variety of courses at Hiram College—including Human Settlements, Community, Sociology of Food, Environmental Sociology, Permaculture, and more—in which students explore and apply what they’re learning through real experiences, on and off campus.  Her current scholarship involves the development of an integrated theoretical framework for “socio-environmental studies” and contributions to methods for studying social change.  Debbie enjoys putting these varied interests to work at the College—teaching, mentoring students, and working with others to enhance the beauty, vibrancy, and sustainability of our campus community—and at home, where she and her family are busy transforming a conventional yard into a diverse and abundant edible landscape.

Selected Publications

Posts to the Discovery Blog.  Ongoing.

2016. “Re-Conceptualizing (Environmental) Sociology.” Environmental Sociology 2(3): 1-11.

2015. "Contextualizing Social Practices: Insights into Social Change." Pp. 25-46 in Putting Sustainability into Practice, edited by Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie Cohen, and Naomi Krogman. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2014.  "Codifying Figurational Theory and Mapping Common Ground in Sociology...and Beyond." Human Figurations 3(1): Permalink:

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

2011.  "Finding Coherence in Sociology: (Finally!) A Foundational Theory." Pp. 121-144 in New Directions in Sociology: Essays on Theory and Methodology in the 21st Century, edited by Ieva Zake and Michael DeCesare. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

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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