Dorceta E. Taylor

James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Education: 

Ph.D. Yale University (environmental sociology) Joint doctorates from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology
M.A. Yale University (environmental sociology)
M. Phil. Yale University (sociology)
M.F.S. Social Ecology, 1985, Yale University (social ecology)

Phone: 
(734) 763-5327

About: 

Professor Taylor's research interests include urban agriculture, food access, and food insecurity; institutional diversity; analysis of the composition of the environmental workforce; social movement analysis; environmental justice; leisure and natural resource use; poverty; and race, gender, and ethnic relations. Her current research includes an assessment of food access in Michigan and other parts of the country. A recently-published article on food justice in Detroit entitled, "Food Availability and the Food Desert Frame in Detroit: An Overview of the City’s Food Systemstates" (Environmental Practice), exemplify this work.

Other recent research activities include the 2014 national report analyzing racial and gender diversity in the environmental field -- see The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations:  Mainstream NGOs, Foundations, and Government Agencies. Her 2009 book, The Environment and the People in American Cities (Duke University Press), is an award-winning urban environmental history book. She published an edited volume in 2010 entitled, Environment and Social Justice:  An International Perspective (Emerald Press).  She published oxic Communities:  Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (NYU Press) in 2014. Her newest book, Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement (Duke University Press) is currently in press; it is slated for publication in 2015.

Research: 
  • 2013-2015: Mott Foundation. An Assessment of Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Environmental Advocacy in the Great Lakes Region. $100,000.
  • 2013-2015: Joyce Foundation. An Assessment of Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Environmental Advocacy in the Great Lakes Region. $100,000.
  • 2012-2017: US Department of Agriculture. “Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing the Food Security of Underserved Populations in Michigan.” $4,000,000.
  • 2011: IRLEE – Office of the Vice Provost for Research seed research grant, $15,000
  • 2011: School of Natural Resources and Environment faculty research grant, $15,000.

Accolades: 
  • Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. (2015-2018).
  • James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Chair.  University of Michigan (2015).
  • Fred Buttel Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Environmental Sociology Award.  The Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (2015).
  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Outstanding Alumnus Award (2015)
  • Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. The Center for the Education of Women. University of Michigan (2014).
  • Winner of the 2010 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association

Service: 

Chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (2012-2013).

Member, the Environment and Technology Section (2010-2015).

Advisory Committee member for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship Program (2006-2007).