william f

Dehlsen Professor

Dr. Freudenburg passed away in 2010


Environmental sociology.

• Faculty in Environmental Studies

• Ph.D., Yale University


With great sorrow the Environmental Studies Program announces the passing of
Professor William "Bill" Freudenburg in December, 2010.

memorial website established in Bill's honor can be found at: http://billfreudenburg.forevermissed.com

A tribute titled "William Freudenburg: An Intellectual and Professional Biography" by Riley Dunnlap and Debra Davidson was published in Volume 21, Issue 2 of the Rural Sociologist in June 2011 (download .pdf copy here).

An updated biography of Bill Freudenburg, written by Professor Riley E. Dunlap of Oklahoma State University, was recently published in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. 

Dr. Freudenburg's complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) is also available for download here.

An oral history interview with Bill, conducted by Dana Fisher, offers a rich understanding of Bill's work and the evolution of environmental sociology in general.  The paper was presented at the American Sociology Society's (ASA) 2011 Annual Meeting and can be downloaded and viewed at:  http://www.envirosoc.org/freudenburg_history.pdf

An online video website featuring Dr. Freudenburg offers numerous videos about Bill, including:
   • "Bill in His Own Words" (interview of Bill done in November, 2010)
   • "The Legacy of Bill Freudenburg" (tributes from colleagues who attended Freudenfest)
   • Blowout in the Gulf talk (a lecture given in November, 2010 by Bill on his latest book)
   • 12 class lectures by Bill, part of his "Intro to Environmental Studies" course (fall quarter, 2010)
                       Watch these videos for free at: http://vimeo.com/channels/186979

About Dr. Freudenburg:

Dr. Freudenburg, the 2004-05 President of the Rural Sociological Society, has devoted most of his career to the study of environment-society relationships. He is particularly well-known both for his work on coupled environment-society systems in general and for his work on more specific topics, including resource-dependent communities, the social impacts of environmental and technological change, and risk analysis. He has held official positions with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Sociological Association, and the National Academy of Sciences, among others. He is the winner of Awards from the American Sociological Association, Rural Sociological Society, Pacific Sociological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as being listed in numerous reference works, including Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. Recent and forthcoming publications have focused on topics ranging from the social impacts of U.S. oil dependence to the polarized nature of debates over spotted owls, with a special emphasis on “disproportionality,” or the tendency for a major fraction of all environmental impacts to be associated with a surprisingly small fraction of the overall economy.


Download and read Dr. Freudenburg's complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) by clicking here.


ES 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ES 106 Critical Thinking about Human-Environment Problems and Solutions