- PhD, Sociology, University of Oregon
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 B. 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.
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).
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).
Clark, Brett, Daniel Auerbach, and Stefano B. Longo. 2018. “The Bottom Line: Capital’s Production of Social Inequalities and Environmental Degradation.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8(4): 562-569.
Auerbach, Daniel and Brett Clark. 2018. “Metabolic Rifts, Temporal Imperatives, and Geographical Shifts: Logging in the Adirondack Forest in the 1800s.” International Critical Thought 8(3): 468-486.
Napoletano, Brian M., Pedro S. Urquijo, Jaime Paneque-Gálvez, Brett Clark, Richard York, Iván Franch-Pardo, Yadira Méndez-Lemus, and Antonio Vieyra. 2018. “Has (Even Marxist) Political Ecology Really Transcended Metabolic Rift?” Geoforum 92: 92-95.
Clark, Brett, Daniel Auerbach, and Karen Xuan Zhang. 2018. “The Du Bois Nexus: Intersectionality, Political Economy, and Environmental Injustice in the Peruvian Guano Trade in the 1800s.” Environmental Sociology 4(1): 54-66.
Clark, Timothy P., Stefano B. Longo, Brett Clark, and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2018. “Socio-Structural Drivers, Fisheries Footprints, and Seafood Consumption: A Comparative International Study, 1961-2012.” Journal of Rural Studies 57: 140-146.
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.
Clausen, Rebecca, Stefano B. Longo, and Brett Clark. 2018. “From Ocean to Plate: Catching, Farming, and Eating Seafood.” In Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture, Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka, eds. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, pp. 165-180.
Clark, Brett, Stefano B. Longo, Rebecca Clausen, and Daniel Auerbach. 2018. “From Sea Slaves to Slime Lines: Commodification and Unequal Ecological Exchange in Global Marine Fisheries.” In Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective, R. Scott Frey, Paul K. Gellert, and Harry F. Dahms, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-220.
Corbett, Julia B. and Brett Clark. 2017. “The Arts and Humanities in Climate Change Engagement." 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 Stefano B. Longo. 2018. “Land-Sea Ecological Rifts: A Metabolic Analysis of Nutrient Loading.” Monthly Review 70(3): 106-121.
Foster, John Bellamy and Brett Clark. 2018. “The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Metabolic Rift.” Monthly Review 70(3): 1-20.
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.
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.
Clark, Brett and Daniel Auerbach. 2018. Review of Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis, by John Smith. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 47(5): 628-629.
Clark, Brett and Brooke Larsen. 2018. Review of Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia, by Shannon Elizabeth Bell. Mobilization 23(2): 261-263.
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.