Curriculum Vitae

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Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies
Department of Sociology
McGuinn Hall 426
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3807


University of California- Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

– Ph.D. Sociology (Parenthetical notation in Environmental Studies) 2008
Dissertation: “Dangerous Holes in Global Environmental Governance: The Roles of Neoliberal Discourse, Science, and California Agriculture in the Montreal Protocol
– M.A. Sociology 2004

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

– M.S. Environmental Science & Regional Planning 2001
– Peace Corps Masters International Program 1997-1999

Providence College, Providence, RI

– B.A. Social Science (Minor in Environmental Studies) 1996

Ph.D. Dissertation Abstract

My dissertation focuses on the linkages between globalization, science, and politics in global environmental governance by investigating the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. I use an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from sociology, geography, and political science to examine how the stalled phase-out of ozone-depleting methyl bromide involves interconnections between geopolitics, agro-industry, and scientific knowledge. My work also compares ozone politics to other instances of global environmental governance, including climate change policy in the Kyoto Protocol and WTO agrarian policy.


A. Books

White, Damian, Alan P. Rudy and Brian J. Gareau. The Environment, Nature, and Social Theory. “Themes in Social Theory” Series, R. Stones (Series Editor) New York: Palgrave/Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Gareau, Brian J. 2013. From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol.  “Yale Agrarian Studies” Series, James C. Scott (Series Editor) New Haven: Yale University Press.

B. Articles

Gareau, Brian J. 2012. The Limited Influence of Global Civil Society in the Montreal Protocol. Environmental Politics 21(1): 88-107.

Gareau, Brian J. 2010. A Critical Review of the Successful CFC Phase-Out versus the Delayed Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in the Montreal Protocol. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 10(3): 209-231.

Gareau, Brian J. with E. Melanie DuPuis. 2009 “From Public to Private Global Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Montreal Protocol’s Stalled Methyl Bromide Phase-out.” Environment & Planning A 41(10): 2305-2323.

Gareau, Brian J. 2008. “Dangerous Holes in Global Environmental Governance: The Roles of Neo-liberal Discourse, Science, and California Agriculture in the Montreal Protocol.Antipode. 40(1): 102-130.

Brian J. Gareau with E. Melanie DuPuis. 2008. “Neoliberal Knowledge: The Decline of Technocracy and the the Weakening of the Montreal Protocol.” Social Science Quarterly. 89(5): 1212-1229.

Gareau, Brian J. 2007. “Ecological Values Amid Local Interests: Natural Resource Conservation, Social Differentiation, and Human Survival in Honduras.” Rural Sociology. 72(2): 244-268.

Gareau, Brian J. 2005. “We Have Never Been ‘Human’: Agential Nature, ANT, and Marxist Political Ecology.” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. 16(4): 127-140.

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