NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Bren 4026 



Environmental Sociology, Race and ethnicity, Economic sociology, Environmental justice, Comparative–Historical, Work and Organizations, Ethnography, Inequality


  • Ph.D. Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • M.A. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Kansas
  • B.A. Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature, University of Kansas 


Dr. Carrillo is a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Departments of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara. In Brazil, he works in affiliation with the Social Science Center for Development, Agriculture, and Society at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2018, he completed his PhD in Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2021, he will join the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor of sociology. His research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, environmental sociology, and economic sociology. Ian uses qualitative, ethnographic, and comparative-historical methods to examine how race and racism shape the formation of environmental practices and policies in multi-racial societies, such as Brazil and the U.S. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships.


Dr. Carrillo examines how race and racism shape the formation of environmental practices and policies in multi-racial societies, such as Brazil and the U.S. His research on the US engages the intersection of race, environment, and the state. In this conceptual work, he seeks to advance the frameworks for studying how race and racism serve as building blocks for environmental policy formation. His two papers from this research area bring race to bear on the political economy of environmental change, where debates have largely focused on class, labor, and markets. In doing so, Ian argues that race is not a peripheral feature of the political economy, but rather is central to the politics that underpin policy formation. 


Peer–Reviewed Journal Articles
Carrillo, Ian. 2017. “When Farm Work Disappears: Labor and Environmental Change in the Brazilian Sugar–Energy Industry.” Environmental Sociology 3(1):42-53.

Carrillo, Ian. 2014. “New Developmentalism and the Challenges to Long-Term Stability in Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives 41(5): 59-74.
Book Chapters
Carrillo, Ian. 2013. “The Successes and Challenges of Microfinance.” Pp. 197-214 in Handbook of Rural Development, edited by Gary      Green.  Edward Elgar Publishing.
Revise and Resubmit
Carrillo, Ian. “Colorblind Racism, Institutions, and the Racialization of Environmental Policy.”

2017 Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Sociology of Food and Agriculture, Rural Sociological Society

Carrillo, Ian. “The Racial Fix and Environmental State Formation.”

Under Review
Carrillo, Ian. “The Environmental State and the Racial State in Tension: Does Racism Impede Environmentalism?”

Editorial Experience
Co–editor (with Kai Schafft and Katrina Quisumbing King) of special issue “Race, Ethnicity, and Rurality in the United States” in Rural Sociology (in progress)

In Preparation
Carrillo, Ian. “Progeny and Privilege: Utilizing an Embeddedness Approach to Study Treadmill Elites.”2017 Winner of Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Environment and Technology Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems