Travis Williams

Travis Williams, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

Founders Hall, Room 227

Environmental Racism

Racial Capitalism

Risk Society

Social Movements

Non-profit Industrial Complex


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2013

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • Environmental justice
  • Sociology of race/ethnicity
  • Science and technology studies
  • Environmental racism
  • Racial capitalism
  • Risk society
  • Social movements
  • Non-profit Industrial Complex

Selected Publications


  • "Black Earth: Natural Gas Infrastructure and Environmental Racism in Virginia" Roundtable Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York City, NY, August 10, 2019.
  • "High Tech Pollution and Anti-Toxics Activism in the Risk Society: A Case Study of Silicon Valley’s Groundwater Disaster." Paper presented at Annual Meeting for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), New York, NY August 11, 2019.
  • "Critical Energy Justice in US Natural Gas Infrastructuring." Energy, Research, & Social Science, Vol 41: 176-190 July 2018.


  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 101)
  • Social Movements & Conflict (SOCY 310)
  • Sociology of Race & Ethnicity (SOCY 322)
  • Environmental Racism (SOCY 420)