Dorceta E. Taylor

James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Education: 

Ph.D. Yale University (environmental sociology) Joint doctorates from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology
M.A. Yale University (environmental sociology)
M. Phil. Yale University (sociology)
M.F.S. Social Ecology, 1985, Yale University (social ecology)

Phone: 
(734) 763-5327

About: 

Professor Taylor's research interests include urban agriculture, food access, and food insecurity; institutional diversity; analysis of the composition of the environmental workforce; social movement analysis; environmental justice; leisure and natural resource use; poverty; and race, gender, and ethnic relations. Her current research includes an assessment of food access in Michigan and other parts of the country. A recently-published article on food justice in Detroit entitled, "Food Availability and the Food Desert Frame in Detroit: An Overview of the City’s Food Systemstates" (Environmental Practice), exemplify this work.

Other recent research activities include the 2014 national report analyzing racial and gender diversity in the environmental field -- see The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations:  Mainstream NGOs, Foundations, and Government Agencies. Her 2009 book, The Environment and the People in American Cities (Duke University Press), is an award-winning urban environmental history book. She published an edited volume in 2010 entitled, Environment and Social Justice:  An International Perspective (Emerald Press).  She published oxic Communities:  Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (NYU Press) in 2014. Her newest book, Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement (Duke University Press) is currently in press; it is slated for publication in 2015.

Research: 
  • 2013-2015: Mott Foundation. An Assessment of Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Environmental Advocacy in the Great Lakes Region. $100,000.

  • 2013-2015: Joyce Foundation. An Assessment of Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Environmental Advocacy in the Great Lakes Region. $100,000.

  • 2012-2017: US Department of Agriculture. “Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing the Food Security of Underserved Populations in Michigan.” $4,000,000.

  • 2011: IRLEE – Office of the Vice Provost for Research seed research grant, $15,000

  • 2011: School of Natural Resources and Environment faculty research grant, $15,000.

Accolades: 

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. (2015-2018).

James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Chair.  University of Michigan (2015).

Fred Buttel Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Environmental Sociology Award.  The Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (2015).

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Outstanding Alumnus Award (2015)

Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.  The Center for the Education of Women.  University of Michigan (2014).

Service: 

Chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (2012-2013).

Member, the Environment and Technology Section (2010-2015).

Advisory Committee member for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship Program (2006-2007).

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