Ryan Gunderson


Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology and Gerontology


PhD Sociology - Michigan State University

MA Sociology - University of Wyoming

BA Secondary Education/Social Studies - University of Wyoming

Ryan Gunderson received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2014 with Specializations in Environmental Science and Policy, Animal Studies, and Gender, Justice and Environmental Change. His primary interests are in environmental sociology, social theory, political economy, animal studies, and the sociology of technology. Ryan's current research projects include a sociological examination of geoengineering, an integrative study bringing together research on deliberative environmental decision-making and models of global environmental governance, and a conceptual investigation of how classical sociological theory can shed light on the social aspects of contemporary technologies. Ryan teaches introduction to Social Justice Studies, Research Methods, and Social Stratification. He is designing a course on environmental sociology and environmental justice that will be offered during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recent Publications

Stuart, Diana, Ryan Gunderson, and Brian Petersen. Forthcoming. "Climate Change and the Polanyian Counter-movement: Carbon Markets or Degrowth?" New Political Economy.

Gunderson, Ryan and Thomas Dietz. Forthcoming. "Deliberation and Catastrophic Risks." In Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, edited by André Bächtiger, Jane Mansbridge, Mark Warren, and John Dryzek. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stuart, Diana and Ryan Gunderson. Forthcoming. "Animals as Fictitious Commodities: Exploitation and Consequences in Industrial Agriculture." Society & Animals.

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen. In press. "Ideological Obstacles to Effective Climate Policy: The Greening of Markets, Technology, and Growth. Capital & Class.

Gunderson, Ryan, Brian Petersen, and Diana Stuart. 2018. "A Critical Examination of Geoengineering: Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context" Sustainability  10(1):269.

Whitley, Cameron, Ryan Gunderson, and Meghan Charters. 2018. "Public Receptiveness to Policies Promoting Plant-based Diets: Framing Effects and Social Psychological and Structural Influences." Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 20(1):45-63.

Muschert, Glenn W. and Ryan Gunderson. 2018. "The Sociology of Simmel and Digital Divides: Information, Value, Exchange, and Sociation in the Networked Environment." Pp. 11-20 in Theorizing Digital Divides, edited by Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn W. Muschert. New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, Ryan. Forthcoming. "Ideology Critique for the Environmental Social Sciences: What Reproduces the Treadmill of Production?" Nature and Culture.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Sympathetic Introspection as Method and Practice: Cooley's Contributions to Critical Qualitative Inquiry and the Theory of Mind Debate." Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 47(4):463-480.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Environmental Knowledge, Technology, and Values: Reconstructing Max Scheler's Phenomenological Environmental Sociology." Human Studies 40(3): 401-419.

Gunderson, Ryan and Sun-Jin Yun. 2017. "South Korean Green Growth and the Jevons Paradox: An Assessment with Democratic and Degrowth Policy Recommendations." Journal of Cleaner Production 144: 239-247.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "The Problem of Technology as Valuation Errors: The Paradox of the Means in Simmel and Scheler." Technology in Society 48:64-69.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Commodification of Nature." Pp. 846-865 in International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, edited by Noel Castree et al. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Whyte, Kyle P., Ryan Gunderson, and Brett Clark. 2017. "Is Technology Insidious?" In Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment, edited by David M. Kaplan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2017. "Sympathy Regulated by Communicative Reason: Horkheimer, Habermas, and Animals." Pp. 187-203 in The Persistaence of Critical Theory: Culture and Civilization, Vol. 8, edited by Gabriel R. Ricci. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Dentzman, Katherine, Ryan Gunderson, and Raymond Jussaume. 2016. "Techno-optimism as a Barrier to Overcoming Herbicide Resistance: Comparing Farmer Perceptions of the Future Potential of Herbicides." Journal of Rural Studies 48:22-32.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. "The Will to Consume: Schopenhauer and Consumer Society." Critical Horizons 17(3-4):376-389.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. "The Sociology of Technology before the Turn to Technology." Technology in Society 47:40-48.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. "Anomie's Eastern Origins: The Buddha's Indirect Influence on Durkheim's Understanding of Desire and Suffering." European Journal of Social Theory 19(3):355-373.

Gunderson, Ryan, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen. 2016. "Factory Farming: Impacts and Potentail Solutions." Pp. 27-37 in Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2016, edited by Glenn Muschert, Brian Klocke, Robert Perrucci, and John Shefner. Chicago: Policy Press.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2016. "Environmental Sociology and the Frankfurt School 2: Ideology, Techno-science, Reconciliation." Environmental Sociology 2(1):64-76.

Gunderson, Ryan. 2015. "Environmental Sociology and the Frankfurt School 1: Reason and Capital."Environmental Sociology 1(3):224-35.

Fall 2020 Office Hours

Please schedule a virtual appointment at gunderrm@MiamiOH.edu