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Book Project

in progress

Ecology and Society: The social origins of ecological value (monograph)

Ecology and Society uses a cross-national comparison of biodiversity offsetting schemes in the United States and Germany to develop a first-of-its-kind sociological treatment of ecological valuation and environmental governance in the Anthropocene.

Journal Articles


Romero-Lanko, Patricia; Nicole Rosner, Christof Brandtner, Christopher M. Rea, Adolfo Mejia-Montero, Francesca Pilo, Fedor Dokshin, Vanesa Castán-Broto, Sarah Burch, Scott Schnur. “A Framework to Center Justice in Energy Transition Innovations.” Nature Energy.


Rea, Christopher M. and Scott Frickel “The Environmental State: Nature and the Politics of Environmental Protection.” Sociological Theory. 41(3), 255-281.


Casellas Connors, John P., Elizabeth A. Carlino, and Christopher M. Rea. “The Eco-munitionary Subject: Conservation with and of firearms.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.


Casellas Connors, John P. and Christopher M. Rea. “Violent Entanglements: The Pittman-Robertson Act, Firearms, and the Funding of Conservation.” Conservation and Society 20(1), 24-35.

Press coverage:

The New Lede, March 1, 2023

New York Times, August 26, 2022

Environmental Health News, May 31, 2022

The Globe and Mail, May 29, 2022


Frickel, Scott and Christopher M. Rea. “Drought, Hurricane, or Tornado? Assessing the Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Disaster.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6, 66-75.


Rea, Christopher M. “The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Protection via Commodification?” Culture, Practice & Europeanization 4(1), 48-73. (data and code)


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.Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2(3), 665-693.


Rea, Christopher M. “Regulatory thickening and the politics of market-oriented environmental policy.” Environmental Politics 28(7), 1167-1191.


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.