Book Project

Economy and Ecology: Environmental protection and institutional emergence in the United States and Germany (Under preparation.)

Journal Articles


Rea, Christopher M. “Regulatory thickening and the politics of market-oriented environmental policy.” Environmental Politics.


Rea, Christopher M. “Theorizing command-and-commodify regulation: the case of species conservation banking in the United States.” Theory & Society 46(1), 21-56.

2017  Edward Shils – James Coleman Memorial Award for Best Student Paper, Honorable Mention. American Sociological Association, Theory Section.

2016  Early Career Workshop Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE).


Walker, Edward T. and Christopher M. Rea. “Pediatric Care Provider Density and Personal Belief Exemptions From Vaccine Requirements in California Kindergartens.” American Journal of Public Health 106(7) 1336-1341.


Rea, Christopher M. “Commodifying Conservation.” Contexts 14(1), 72-3.


Walker, Edward T. and Christopher M. Rea. “The Political Mobilization Of Firms And Industries.” Annual Review of Sociology 40, 281-304

Under Review

Lockhart, Andy and Christopher M. Rea (equal authorship). “Why there and then, not here and now? Ecological offsetting in California and England, and the sharpening contradictions of neoliberal natures.” Revise & Resubmit at Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Rea, Christopher M. “The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Protection via Commodification?” Invited submission to Culture, Practice & Europeanization for special issue: “Countermovements in Europe? A Polanyian Perspective.”

Working Papers (available upon request)

Rea, Christopher M. “The Nature of Marketization: Environmental Protection and Institutional Change in the United States and Germany.”

Rea, Christopher M. “Sheep in Wolfs’ Clothing? Mobilization, bureaucrat activists, and regulatory subterfuge in American and German environmental policy.”

Rea, Christopher M. “Making Markets Fast and Slow: Commodification and the Emergence of Counter­-movements.”

Rea, Christopher M. “How Does the State Value Nature? Practices of Quantification and Valuation in Environmental Regulation.”

Rea, Christopher M. “Towards a Comparative and Historical Environmental Sociology.”