Oklahoma State University


462 Murray Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
(405) 744-9534 (phone)
(405) 744-5780 (fax)
Dr. Duane Gill



On Sabbatical


Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Disasters, Community, Rural Sociology, Social Impact Assessment, Theory, Qualitative Methods, Natural Resources, Applied Soicology, and Sport and Leisure


PhD: Texas A&M University, 1986


Duane A. Gill is a Professor at Oklahoma State University. He is part of a research team that has been investigating human impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska through a series of longitudinal studies funded by the National Science Foundation, the Earthwatch Center for Field Studies, and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. More recently, he led a research effort to document and understand social and psychological impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill in coastal Alabama. He has also conducted research on community impacts of the 2004 Selendang Ayu shipwreck and oil spill in the Aleutian Islands and the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay. These research activities seek to understand community preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters, as well as ways to enhance disaster resilience.


Dr. Gill has also collaborated on several studies of Hurricane Katrina. He organized and led a Katrina Summit that brought together national and local disaster scholars to discuss research needs and approaches to the disaster. He also served as guest editor for special ‘Katrina’ issues of Sociological Spectrum and the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy.


Dr. Gill is past President of the Mid South Sociological Association and has served on the Minerals Management Service Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council’s Socioeconomic Panel.Dr. Gill is also a Fulbright Scholar, having spent the 1998-99 academic year at the University of Bahrain.