Department of Sociology


Erik Johnson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2004


Areas of Research Interest:

Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Political Sociology, Organizations

Current Research Interests:

My research draws on scholarship from environmental, social movement, organizational, public policy and political sociology literatures to pursue a better understanding of the causes, forms and consequences of mobilization around environmental protection issues in the United States. I have looked especially at the relationship between organizational and tactical diversity (i.e. protest vs. "insider" political activities) within the US national environmental movement and federal public policy outcomes (agenda setting and law passage). I am increasingly interested in cross-national comparative research on environmental movements, interest groups, and environmental public policy.

Selected Publications:

Johnson, Erik W., Jon Agnone and John D. McCarthy.  2010.  “The Contingent Impact of U.S. Environmental Movement Organizations and Activities on Agenda Setting and Law Passage.”  Social Forces 88(5): 2267-2292.

Johnson, Erik W., Yoshitaka Saito, and Makoto Nishikido.  2009.  “The Organizational
Demography of Japanese Environmentalism.”  Sociological Inquiry.  79(4): 481-504.

Johnson, Erik. 2008. "Social Movement Size, Organizational Diversity and the Making of Federal Law." Social Forces 86(3): 967-93.

Johnson, Erik. 2006. "Changing Issue Representation among Major United States Environmental Movement Organizations". Rural Sociology; March 2006.


Erik Johnson
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Curriculum Vitae

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