BRETT CLARK

BRETT CLARK portrait
  • Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Biography

Education

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Oregon

Honors & Awards

  • Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award, Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Award received for the book, The Tragedy of the Commodity. 07/2017
  • Honorable Mention for the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. 06/2017
  • Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award. Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, 08/2015
  • Superior Research Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. University of Utah, 05/2014
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University, 05/2012
  • Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology (for The Ecological Rift). Society of Human Ecology, 10/01/2010
  • Gary D. Hill Teaching Excellence Award. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, 05/2010
  • Outstanding Publication Award. Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, 08/2007

Biography

Brett Clark is associate professor of sociology and sustainability studies at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change and the philosophy, history, and sociology of science. He teaches courses in the Department of Sociology, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program.

He is the author of several books, including The Tragedy of the Commodity (with Stefano Longo and Rebecca Clausen), The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould (with Richard York), The Ecological Rift (with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York), and Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present (with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York).

He has published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Theory and Society, Sociological Inquiry, The Sociological Quarterly, Organization & Environment, Population & Environment, Global Environmental Politics, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Environmental Studies and Sciences, PloS One, Urban Studies, Nature and Culture, Society & Natural Resources, Critical Sociology, Journal of Agrarian Change, Population & Environment, and other scholarly publications. 

Publications

Books

The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (co-authored with Stefano B. Longo and Rebecca Clausen) (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015).

The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould (co-authored with Richard York) (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011).

The Ecological Rift (co-authored with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York) (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010).

The Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism Versus Creationism From Antiquity to the Present (co-authored with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York) (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008). 

 

Edited Book

Ecology and Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present and Future (co-edited with Alf Hornborg and Kenneth Hermele) (London: Routledge, 2012).

 

Articles

Longo, Stefano B. and Brett Clark. 2016. “An Ocean of Troubles: Advancing Marine Sociology.” Social Problems 63(4): 463-479.

Longo, Stefano B., Brett Clark, Thomas E. Shriver, and Rebecca Clausen. 2016. “Sustainability and Environmental Sociology: Putting the Economy in its Place and Moving Toward an Integrative Socio-Ecology.” Sustainability 8(5): No. 437: doi:10.3390/su8050437.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2016. “The Temporal Stability and Developmental Differences in the Environmental Impacts of Militarism: The Treadmill of Destruction and Consumption-Based Carbon Emissions.” Sustainability Science 11: 505-514.

Fitzgerald, Jared B., Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Brett Clark. 2015. “Energy Consumption and Working Hours: A Longitudinal Study of Developed and Developing Nations, 1990 to 2008.” Environmental Sociology 1(3): 213-223.

Serenari, Christopher, Nils Peterson, and Brett Clark. 2015. “Theorizing Logger Religion within the Pacific Northwest Timber Conflict.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 19(3): 265-282.

Clausen, Rebecca, Brett Clark, and Stefano B. Longo. 2015. “Metabolic Rifts and Restoration: Agricultural Crises and the Potential of Cuba’s Organic, Socialist Approach to Food Production.” World Review of Political Economy 6(1): 4-32.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Daniel Auerbach, and Brett Clark. 2014. “The (De-)Carbonization of Urbanization, 1960-2010.” Climatic Change 127: 561-575.

Longo, Stefano B., Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2013. “The Globalization of Ecologically Intensive Aquaculture (1984-2008).” Environmental Studies and Sciences 3(3): 297-305.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2013. “The Relationship Between National-Level Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Population Size: An Assessment of Regional and Temporal Variation, 1960-2005.” PloS One 8(2): e57107.

Clark, Brett, Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Daniel Auerbach. 2012. “Up in Smoke: The Human Ecology and Political Economy of Coal Consumption.” Organization & Environment 25(4): 452-469.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., James Rice, and Brett Clark. 2012. “Assessing the Temporal and Regional Differences in the Relationships Between Infant and Child Mortality and Urban Slum Prevalence in Less-Developed Countries, 1990-2005.” Urban Studies 49(16): 3495-3512.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2012. “Are the Economy and the Environment Decoupling? A Comparative International Study, 1960-2005.” American Journal of Sociology 118(1): 1-44.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Brett Clark, and Jennifer Givens. 2012. “The Environmental Impacts of Militarization in Comparative Perspective: An Overlooked Relationship.” Nature and Culture 7(3): 314-337.

Clark, Brett and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2012. “The Treadmill of Destruction and the Environmental Impacts of Militaries.” Sociology Compass 6(7): 557-569.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Brett Clark, and Vincentas R. Giedraitis. 2012. “The Temporal (In)Stability of the Carbon Dioxide Emissions/Economic Development Relationship in Central and Eastern Nations, 1992-2005: A Preliminary Analysis.” Society & Natural Resources 25(11): 1182-1192.

Austin, Kelly and Brett Clark. 2012. “Tearing Down Mountains: Using Spatial and Metabolic Analysis to Investigate the Socio-Ecological Contradictions of Coal Extraction in Appalachia.” Critical Sociology 38(3): 437-457.

Longo, Stefano B. and Brett Clark. 2012. “The Commodification of Bluefin Tuna: The Historical Transformation of The Mediterranean Fishery.” Journal of Agrarian Change 12(2-3): 204-226.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2011. “Societies Consuming Nature: A Panel Study of the Ecological Footprints of Nations, 1960-2003.” Social Science Research 40: 226-244.

York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2010. “Nothing New Under the Sun? The Old False Promise of New Technology.” Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center 33(2-3): 203-224.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2010. “Assessing the Temporal Stability of the Population/Environment Relationship in Comparative Perspective: A Cross-National Panel Study of Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1960-2005.” Population & Environment 32(1): 27-41.

Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2010. “The Dialectic of Social and Ecological Metabolism: Marx, Mészáros, and the Absolute Limits of Capital.” Socialism and Democracy 24(2): 124-138.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., James Rice, and Brett Clark. 2010. “Cities, Slums, and Energy Consumption in Less-Developed Countries, 1990-2005.” Organization & Environment 23(2): 189-204.

York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2010. “Critical Materialism: Science, Technology, and Environmental Sustainability.” Sociological Inquiry 80(3): 475-499.

Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2010. “Marx’s Ecology in the Twenty-First Century.” World Review of Political Economy 1(1): 142-156.

Clark, Brett, Andrew Jorgenson, and Jeffrey Kentor. 2010. “Militarization and Energy Consumption: A Test of Treadmill of Destruction Theory in Comparative Perspective.” International Journal of Sociology 40(2): 23-43.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Brett Clark, and Jeffrey Kentor. 2010. “Militarization and the Environment: A Panel Study of Carbon Dioxide Emissions and the Ecological Footprints of Nations, 1970-2000.” Global Environmental Politics 10(1): 7-29.

Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2009. “The Midas Effect: A Critique of Climate Change Economics.” Development and Change 40(6): 1085-1097.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2009. “The Economy, Military, and Ecologically Unequal Exchange Relationships in Comparative Perspective: A Panel Study of the Ecological Footprints of Nations, 1975-2000.” Social Problems 56(4): 621-646.

Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2009. “Ecological Imperialism and the Global Metabolic Rift: Unequal Exchange and the Guano/Nitrates Trade.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 50(3-4): 311-334.

Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2008. “The Sociology of Ecology: Ecological Organicism Versus Ecosystem Ecology in the Social Construction of Ecological Science, 1926-1935.” Organization & Environment 21(3): 311-352.

Clark, Brett, John Bellamy Foster, and Richard York. 2007. “The Critique of Intelligent Design: Epicurus, Marx, Darwin, and Freud and the Materialist Defense of Science.” Theory and Society 36(6): 515-546.

York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2007. “The Problem with Prediction: Contingency, Emergence, and the Reification of Projections.” The Sociological Quarterly 48(4): 713-743.

York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2006. "Marxism, Positivism, and Scientific Sociology: Social Gravity and Historicity." The Sociological Quarterly 47(3):425-450.

Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2005. “Carbon Metabolism: Global Capitalism, Climate Change, and the Biospheric Rift.” Theory and Society 34(4): 391-428.

Clausen, Rebecca and Brett Clark. 2005. “The Metabolic Rift and Marine Ecology: An Analysis of the Oceanic Crisis Within Capitalist Production.” Organization & Environment 18(4): 422-444.

Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2005. “Dialectical Materialism and Nature:  An Alternative to Economism and Deep Ecology.” Organization & Environment 18(3): 318-337.

Clark, Brett. 2002. “The Indigenous Environmental Movement in the United States: Transcending Borders in Struggles Against Mining, Manufacturing, and the Capitalist State.” Organization & Environment 15(4): 410-442.

 

Book Chapters
 

Corbett, Julia B. and Brett Clark. 2017. “How the Arts and Humanities Help People See, Feel, and Engage with Climate Change.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.392.

Clark, Brett and Stefano B. Longo. 2017. “Marxism and Ecology.” In Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics, David M. Brennan, David Kristjanson-Gural, Catherine P. Mulder, and Erik K. Olsen, eds. London: Routledge, pp. 399-408.

Whyte, Kyle Powys, Ryan Gunderson, and Brett Clark. 2017. “Is Technology Use Insidious?” In Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment, David M. Kaplan, ed., MIT Press, pp. 41-61.

Givens, Jennifer, Brett Clark, and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2016. “Strengthening the Ties Between Environmental Sociology and the Sociology of Development.” In The Sociology of Development Handbook, Gregory Hooks, ed. Oakland: University of California Press, pp. 69-94.

Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2016. “Marx’s Universal Metabolism of Nature and the Frankfurt School: Dialectical Contradictions and Critical Syntheses.” In Changing Our Environment, Changing Ourselves, James S. Ormrod, ed. London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 101-135.

Clausen, Rebecca, Stefano B. Longo, and Brett Clark. 2015. “Fishy Business: Genetic Engineering and Salmon Aquaculture.” In Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods, Ronald Ross Watson and Victor R. Preedy, eds. London: Elsevier, pp. 159-165.

Antonio, Robert J. and Brett Clark. 2015. “The Climate Change Divide in Social Theory.” In Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives, Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle, eds. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, pp. 333-368.

Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2012. “Techno-Fix: Ecological Rifts and Capital Shifts.” In Ecology & Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present, and Future, Alf Hornborg, Brett Clark, and Kenneth Hermele, eds. London: Routledge, pp. 23-36.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2012. “Guano: The Nineteenth-Century Trade in Fertilizers from South America.” In Ecology & Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present, and Future, Alf Hornborg, Brett Clark, and Kenneth Hermele, eds. London: Routledge, pp. 68-82.
 
Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2012. “Footprints: The Division of Nations and Nature.” In Ecology & Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present, and Future, Alf Hornborg, Brett Clark, and Kenneth Hermele, eds. London: Routledge, pp. 155-167.
 
Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2012. “Treadmills, Rifts, and Environmental Degradation: A Cross-National Panel Study, 1970-2000.” In Global Crises and the Challenges for the 21st Century: Antisystemic Movements and the Transformation of the World-System, Tom Reifer, ed. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press, pp. 87-103.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2003. “Ecological Imperialism: The Curse of Capitalism.” In Socialist Register 2004: The New Imperial Challenge, L. Panitch and C. Leys, eds. London: Merlin Press, pp. 186-201.
 
 
Other Scholarly Journal Articles and Comments
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2016. “Marxism and the Dialectics of Ecology.” Monthly Review 68(5): 1-17.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2016. “Marx's Ecology and the Left.” Monthly Review 68(2): 1-25.
 

Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2015. “Crossing the River of Fire: The Liberal Attack on Naomi Klein and This Changes Everything.” Monthly Review 66(9): 1-17.

Clark, Brett and Scott Borchert. 2015. “Pete Seeger, Musical Revolutionary.” Monthly Review 66(8): 20-29.

Longo, Stefano B., Rebecca Clausen, and Brett Clark. 2014. “Capitalism and the Commodification of Salmon: From Wild Fish to a Genetically Modified Species.” Monthly Review 66(7): 35-55.

Jorgenson, Andrew K., Riley E. Dunlap, and Brett Clark. 2014. “Ecology and Environment.” In Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology, Masamichi Sasaki, Jack Goldstone, Ekkart Zimmermann, and Stephen K. Sanderson, eds. Leiden: Brill Academic Press, pp. 457-464.

Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2012. “The Planetary Emergency.” Monthly Review 64(7): 1-25.
 
Clark, Brett and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2012. “Climate Change.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, volume 1, George Ritzer, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 219-226.
 
Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2012. “Environment: International Political Economy.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, volume 2, George Ritzer, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 512-517.
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2011. “Stephen Jay Gould’s Critique of Progress.” Monthly Review 62(9): 19-36.
 
Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2010. “Capitalism and the Curse of Energy Efficiency: The Return of the Jevons Paradox.” Monthly Review 62(6): 1-12.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2010. “The Ecology of Consumption: A Critique of Economic Malthusianism.” Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture & Politics 22: 113-132.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2009. “The Paradox of Wealth: Capitalism and Ecological Destruction.” Monthly Review 61(6): 1-18.
 
Clark, Brett, Richard York, and John Bellamy Foster. 2009. “Darwin’s Worms and the Skin of the Earth: An Introduction to Charles Darwin’s The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on Their Habits (Selections).” Organization & Environment 22(3): 338-350.
 
Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Brett Clark. 2009. “Ecologically Unequal Exchange in Comparative Perspective: A Brief Introduction.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 50(3-4): 221-214.
 
York, Richard, Brett Clark, and John Bellamy Foster. 2009. “Capitalism in Wonderland.” Monthly Review 61(1): 1-18.
 
Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2008. “Rifts and Shifts: Getting to the Root of Environmental Crises.” Monthly Review 60(6): 13-24.
 
Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2008. “Marx’s Critique of Heaven and Critique of Earth.” Monthly Review 60(5): 22-42.
 
Clark, Brett and Rebecca Clausen. 2008. “The Oceanic Crisis: Capitalism and the Degradation of Marine Ecosystems.” Monthly Review 60(3): 91-111.
 
Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2008. “Ecology: The Moment of Truth—An Introduction.” Monthly Review 60(3): 1-11.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2008. “Rachel Carson’s Ecological Critique.” Monthly Review 59(9): 1-17.
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2007. “Gender and Mathematical Ability: The Toll of Biological Determinism.” Monthly Review 59(6): 7-15.
 
Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2007. “The Restoration of Nature and Biogeography: An Introduction to Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘Epping Forest.’” Organization & Environment 20(2): 213-234.
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2006. “Science and History: A Reply to Turner.” The Sociological Quarterly 47(3): 465-470.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2006. “The Environmental Conditions of the Working Class: An Introduction to Selections from Frederick Engels’s The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844.” Organization & Environment 19(3): 375-388.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2006. “Florence Kelley and the Struggle Against the Degradation of Life: An Introduction to a Selection from Kelley’s Modern Industry.” Organization & Environment 19(2): 251-263.
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2006. “Debunking as Positive Science: Reflections in Honor of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man.” Monthly Review 57(9): 3-15.
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2005. “Natural History and the Nature of History.” Monthly Review 57(7): 21-29.
 
Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2005. “Dialectical Nature: Reflections in Honor of the Twentieth Anniversary of Levins and Lewontin’s The Dialectical Biologist.” Monthly Review 57(1): 13-22.
 
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2004. “Empire of Barbarism.” Monthly Review 56(7): 1-15.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2003. “Land, the Color Line, and the Quest of the Golden Fleece: An Introduction to W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and The Quest of the Silver Fleece (Selections).” Organization & Environment 16(4): 459-469.
 
Clark, Brett. 2003. “Ebenezer Howard and the Marriage of Town and Country: An Introduction to Howard’s Garden Cities of To-morrow (Selections).” Organization & Environment 16(1): 87-97.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2002. “Helen Keller and the Touch of Nature: An Introduction to Keller’s The World I Live In (Selections).” Organization & Environment 15(3): 278-284.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2002. “George Perkins Marsh and the
Transformation of Earth: An Introduction to Marsh’s Man and Nature.” Organization & Environment 15(2): 164-169.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2001. “William Stanley Jevons and The Coal Question: An Introduction to Jevons’s ‘Of the Economy of Fuel.’” Organization & Environment 14(1): 93-98.
 
Clark, Brett and John Bellamy Foster. 2000. “Henry S. Salt, Socialist Animal Rights Activist: An Introduction to Salt’s A Lover of Animals.” Organization & Environment 13(4): 468-473.
 
 
Review Essays
 
York, Richard and Brett Clark. 2005. “The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould.” Review essay of The Structure of Evolutionary Theory and The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanities by Stephen Jay Gould. Critical Sociology 31(1/2): 281-295.
 

Clark, Brett. 2002. “Materialism, Emergence, and Life: The Interaction of Gene, Organism, and Environment.” Review essay of It Ain’t Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions, 2nd Ed., by Richard Lewontin, The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment, by Richard Lewontin, and The Ontogeny of Information: Developmental Systems and Evolution, 2nd Ed., by Susan Oyama.  Critical Sociology 28(3): 417-433.

 

Clark, Brett. 2001. Review essay of Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective by Paul Burkett.  Historical Materialism 8(Summer): 479-490.

 

Reviews

 

Auerbach, Daniel and Brett Clark. 2016. “The Internet and Monopoly Capitalism.” Monthly Review 68(5): 45-50.

Clark, Brett. 2015. Review of Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions, by Philip McMichael. Journal of Agrarian Change 15(2): 296-298.

Clark, Brett. 2010. Review of Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs: Essays in Honour of Ted Benton, edited by Sandra Moog and Rob Stones. Organization & Environment 23(4): 485-487.

Clark, Brett. 2007. Review of From Energy Dreams to Nuclear Nightmares: Lessons from the Anti-Nuclear Power Movement in the 1970s by Horace Herring. Organization & Environment 20(3): 399-402.

Clark, Brett. 2004. Review of Ecocide: A Short History of the Mass Extinction of Species by Franz J. Broswimmer. Organization & Environment 17(2): 269-273.

Clark, Brett. 2004. Review of The Consumer Trap: Big Business Marketing in American Life by Michael Dawson. Critical Sociology 30(1): 157-161.

Clark, Brett. 2004. Review of Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese. Organization & Environment 17(1): 122-126.

Clark, Brett. 2003. “Unsustainable Cities.” Review of Dead Cities: And Other Tales by Mike Davis. Monthly Review 55(7): 33-40.

Clark, Brett. 2003. Review of Socialism or Barbarism: From the “American Century” to the Crossroads by István Mészáros. Critical Sociology 29(2): 262-266.

Clark, Brett. 2003. Review of Ecology and Historical Materialism by Jonathan Hughes. Science and Society 67(1): 122-124.

Clark, Brett. 2002. Review of The Political Economy of Nature by Robert Boardman. Society and Natural Resources 15: 651-654.

Clark, Brett. 2001. Review of Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development by Adam S. Weinberg, David N. Pellow, and Allan Schnaiberg.  Organization & Environment 14(1): 120-124.