Faculty & Staff


Dr. Michael L. Dougherty

Assistant Professor

Office Address: 336 Schroeder Hall
Office Phone: (309) 438-5790
Office Hours: T, TH 2PM-4PM or by appointment
Email: Contact Dr. Michael Dougherty (mdoughe)
Website: Visit Dr. Michael Dougherty’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
SOA240.01People in Places,Understanding & Developing Community T R 11:00 - 12:15SCH 0130
SOA291.021Undergraduate Teaching Experience in Sociology-Antropology   
SOA330.01Society and Environment T R 12:35 - 13:50SCH 0214
SOA398.211Professional Practice,Internship in Sociological Research   
Teaching Interests:

My courses draw from the subfields of community, rural, environmental and development sociologies. I regularly teach Sociology 240, People in Places, a survey of community sociology, and Sociology 330, Society and Environment, an advanced undergraduate course in environmental sociology.  I also regularly teach Sociology 206, Sociological Inquiry.  This is an advanced introductory course for majors which focuses on the sociological "toolbox:" critical thinking, clear and coherent writing, research design, and core disciplinary concepts.

Research Interests:

My research centers on the environmental dimensions of rural livelihoods and community development. I strive to integrate macro, world-systemic analyses with empathetic, locally-embedded fieldwork to explain outcomes around rural underdevelopment.  Most of my research is multi-method, combining interviewing with survey research. I am a Latin Americanist, although I also conduct research in the United States.  My previous research projects have examined protected area management in Guatemala, the social organization of local food systems in the United States, and rural tourism and community development.  My current project looks at local responses to the introduction of industrial scale gold mines in Central America.

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • AB, Vassar College, 1998
Selected Publications:
Dougherty, Michael L. and Tricia D. Olsen (2014) "'They Have Good Devices:' Trust, Mining and the Microsociology of Environmental Decision-Making" Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol, 84, 183-192. Part of special issue: The Sustainability Agenda of the Minerals and Energy Supply and Demand Network

Dougherty, Michael L. and Tricia D. Olsen (2014) "Taking Terrain Literally: Grounding Local Adaptation to Corporate Social Responsibility in the Extractive Industries" Journal of Business Ethics. 119(3). 423-434.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2013) “Work, Mobility, and Livelihoods in a Changing Rural Latin America” in Gary P. Green (ed.) Handbook of Rural Development. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. 315-340.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2013) "Complejizando Los Conflictos Ambientales en el Altiplano Guatemalteco" Letras Verdes: Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales. 14. 160-184.

Dougherty, Michael L., Laura E. Brown and Gary Paul Green (2013) "The Social Architecture of Local Food Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Economic Development" Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 28(2). 1-27

Dougherty, Michael L. (2013) "The Global Gold Mining Industry: Materiality, Rent-seeking, Junior Firms and Canadian Corporate Citizenship" Competition & Change. 17(4). 339-354

Beavis, Sara G., Michael L. Dougherty, and Tirso Gonzales (eds.) (2012) Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Volume 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability. Berkshire Publishing: Great Barrington, MA.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2012) "Rural Development in the Americas" in Beavis, S.G., M. L. Dougherty, and T. Gonzales (eds.) Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Volume 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability. Berkshire Publishing: Great Barrington, MA. 266-274.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2011) “A Policy Framework for New Mineral Economies: Lessons from Botswana” Research Paper Number C1-2011-2, Research Paper Series, Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, University of Vermont. 1-28.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2011) “The Global Gold Mining Industry, Junior Firms, and Civil Society Resistance in Guatemala” Bulletin of Latin American Research. 30(4). 403-418.

Fulai, S., et al. (I’m listed 31st of 35 authors) (2011), “Is the concept of a green economy a useful way of framing policy discussions and policymaking to promote sustainable development?” Natural Resources Forum, 35(1). 63–72.

Dougherty, Michael L. and Gary Paul Green (2011) “Local Food Tourism Networks and Word of Mouth” Journal of Extension. 49(2). 1-8.

Dougherty, Michael L. and Rocío Peralta (2010) “The Politics of Protected Areas: Environmental Capital and Community Conflict in Guatemala” in Green, Gary Paul and Ann Goetting (eds.) Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy. Temple University Press: Philadelphia, PA. 69-91

Green, Gary Paul and Michael L. Dougherty (2008) “Localizing Linkages for Food and Tourism: Culinary Tourism as a Community Development Strategy” Community Development: The Journal of the Community Development Society. 39(3). 148-158.

Dougherty, Michael L. (2008) “Theorizing Theory: Origins and Orientations of Commodity Chain Analysis” Global Studies Journal. 1(3). 27-44.

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