Associate Professor

Dr. Beth Caniglia 


   431 Murray Hall
   Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
   (405) 744-6105 (phone)
   (405) 744-5780 (fax)


FALL 2016 - SPRING 2017
   On Leave





  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Globalization/International Relations
  • Complex Organizations
  • Social Stratification


  • B.A. in German Language and Literature, University of Nebraska
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Caniglia (PhD University of Notre Dame) is Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Economic & Enterprise Development in the College of Business & Economics at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Caniglia’s research and publications are focused at the intersection of social movements, organizations and policymaking, especially related to the environmental movement. For over a decade, she has collected extensive data on the Multi-stakeholder dialogues at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, where she also served as a consultant to the NGO Steering Committee. Her more recent work has turned toward resilience and environmental justice in urban communities.

Dr. Caniglia is past-Chair of the Environment & Technology Section Council of the American Sociological Association. She currently heads the oral history project to document the evolution of environmental sociology since the first Earth Day. She serves on the editorial boards of Mobilization and The Journal of World-Systems Research. She has received numerous awards. In 2009, she was chosen as a Global Climate Leader by the State of the World Forum in recognition of her commitment to link academic scholarship to global carbon cycle transformation. In 2016, she was recognized by the International Women’s Leadership Association as among Top Women Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs. And, most recently, her book (with Thomas J. Burns) Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity was honored with the Gerold L. Young Outstanding Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology.

Dr. Caniglia’s representative publications and presentations include three books: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Manuel Vallee and Beatrice Frank (eds.). Forthcoming November 2016. Resilience, Environmental Justice & the City. Routledge; Burns, Thomas J. and Beth Schaefer Caniglia. 2016. Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity. Line-In Publishing; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Thomas Burns, Rachel Gurney and Erik Bond. 2014. The Rise of Environmental Consciousness. Cognella Academic Publishing. Representative articles and book chapters include: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Bridget Kerner and Tammy Mix. Forthcoming 2016. “Water policy and governance networks: a pathway to enhance resilience toward climate change.” Sociological Forum (Volume 31); Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Robert Brulle and Andy Szasz. 2015. “Civil Society & Climate Change,” in Sociology of Climate Change, Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle, eds. Oxford University Press and an official publication of the American Sociological Association; Gurney, Rachel, Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Tammy Mix and Kristen Baum. 2015. “Native American Food Security & Traditional Foods: A Review of the Literature.” Sociology Compass: Race & Ethnicity, pp. 681-693; Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Daisha Dalano and Bridget Kerner. 2014. “Enhancing Environmental Justice Research and Praxis: The Inclusion of Human Security, Resilience & Vulnerabilities Literature.” International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer. 2011. “Global Environmental Governance & Pathways for the Achievement of Environmental Justice.” In Julian Agyeman and JoAnn Carmin (eds.) Environmental Injustice Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Inequalities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.