Stephanie Malin, PhD.

Associate Professor


Co-Founder and Co-Director

Center for Environmental Justice

Adjunct Associate Professor

Colorado School of Public Health

Faculty Affiliate

School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Fields of Expertise

Energy, Sociology

Areas of Interest

Multi-year and multi-sited ethnographic research, Environmental justice, Environmental health outcomes of extractive industries such as uranium mining and unconventional oil and gas production, Environmental De-regulation, Access to Water, Privatization of Water, and Water Markets Extractive and Boom-Bust Economies


Stephanie A. Malin, Ph.D. is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development. She conducts community-based and mixed methods research focusing on the community impacts of resource extraction, energy production, and environmental de-regulation. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio-environmental effects of market-based economies. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, Stephanie is an award-winning teacher of undergraduate courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology and a graduate course in Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology and Environmental Justice. She is the author of forthcoming book Changing it All: Building Something Better After Neoliberalism and The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice (published by Rutgers University Press, May 2015) and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Her work is supported by grants through the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the CSU Water Center’s Faculty Fellowship & Research Team grant. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University in 2013, after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University in 2011.