Matt_Oct2011I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Kansas State University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research, University of Adelaide, Australia.

My main interest is global social change, especially in the substantive areas of development, environment, and population.

I am interested in the social processes (commonly referred to as “globalization”) that are integrating the world’s economies, polities, and cultures into an increasingly shared, but contested, space.

Within this context, I am particularly interested in exploring means of developing more sustainable, socially and ecologically resilient communities.  Most of my work is comparative and historical, investigating the intersections of globalization and development processes across places and over time.

I am working on several related projects that explore relationships between populations and their natural environments. This work focuses more specifically on the multiple intersections between water, agriculture, and local social structures in a broader context of long-term, global change.

Much of my other research focuses on international migration.  This work investigates migration as both a cause and consequence of global political-economic dynamics.

My work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.