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Dr. Rebecca Clausen

Dr. Rebecca Clausen
Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Human Ecology
  • Global Food Systems
  • Political Economy


  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
  • M.S., University of Oregon, 2003
  • B.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1999


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About Dr. Rebecca Clausen

Rebecca Clausen is the chair and an associate professor of Sociology and Human Services at Fort Lewis College. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department. She joined the college in 2008 from the University of Oregon, where she was a graduate teaching fellow in sociology and environmental studies. Clausen is an environmental sociologist whose research interests include the social drivers of environmental change, the political economy of global food systems, and marine fishery degradation. Future research will focus on social impacts of water scarcity for western agriculture and the development of aquaculture and fisheries in the global south. 

Dr. Clausen actively publishes her research in journals such as Organization and Environment and Society and Natural Resources. In 2015, Clausen co-authored and published The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture and served as student advisor at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at Western State Colorado University. She is a reviewer for several journals, including the American Sociological Review, Conservation Biology, and Journal of Sustainability Education.

Dr. Clausen is actively involved in institutional committees such as the Liberal Arts Core Council and Institutional Review Board. She teaches the five-week field course, Ecology and Society, and is an advisor for the FLC Sociology Club, which runs the Grub Hub, a student-run food bank for FLC students. Also active in the local community, Dr. Clausen serves on the board of directors for The Juniper School, an elementary school committed to authentic, diverse, and active learning and appears regularly as guest speaker at public education events for the Durango community. 


“The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture,” co-author, Rutgers University Press, 2015

Selected Publications

"Sustainability and Environmental Sociology: Putting the Economy in its Place and Moving Toward an Integrative Socio-Ecology," co-author, Sustainability Journal, 2016

“Metabolic Rifts and Restoration: Agricultural Crises and the Potential of Cuba’s Organic, Socialist Approach to Food Production,” co-author, World Review of Political Economy, 2015

“Capitalism and the Commodification of Salmon: From Wild Fish to a Genetically Modified Species,” co-author, Monthly Review, 2014

“The Tragedy of the Commodity and the Farce of AquAdvantage Salmon,” co-author, Development and Change, 2012

Selected Book Chapters

Fishy Business: Genetic Engineering and Salmon Aquaculture,” co-author, in Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods, Elsevier, 2015

“The Tragedy of the Commodity and the Overexploitation of Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna,” co-author, in Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2013
“Food, Forests and Freshwater: A World-System Analysis of Environmental Impact,” in Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis, New York: Routledge, 2012

Book Reviews

“Listen to Your Gut,” [Review of the book; Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy], Monthly Review, 2013

“Time to Pay the Piper: The Accumulation of Debt in Patriarchal Capitalism.” [Review of the book; EcoSufficiency and Global Justice], Monthly Review, 2010

Selected Conference Presentations

“AquAdvantage Salmon, The Tragedy of the Commodity, and the Biological Speed-Up,” co-author, presented at the Society for Human Ecology, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2014

“The Tragedy of the Commodity and the Farce of AquAdvantage Salmon,” presented at the International Institute of Social Sciences ‘Nature, Inc.’ Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2011

“Tragedy of the Treadmill: Examining oceanic degradation in The Mediterranean Bluefin tuna fishery and development of offshore aquaculture,” presented at the Annual American Sociological Association Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010