|Assistant Professor (Ph.D. North Carolina State University)
220 D Newcomb Hall
Environmental Sociology; Global Social Change and Development; Global and Local Sustainability; Rural and Community Development; Quantitative Methodologies.
Current Research Projects
I am currently working on research projects in the following areas:
Macro-Comparative Sociology--I am developing manuscripts that synthesize theories from the social, physical and natural sciences and employ innovative empirical techniques to aid in theoretical integration. My work in this area can be broadly characterized as interdisciplinary investigations of global inequality.
Environmental Sociology--I am developing manuscripts that interweave diverse theoretical approaches and utilize novel methodologies to study complex dynamics surrounding nature--society interactions and sustainability at the national and global level.
Community Sociology--I have ongoing research efforts that investigate the distribution of disasters, waste, and recycling across the southeastern United States and collaborations on urban agriculture in New Orleans. I am beginning new research on a recently declared Superfund site in Louisiana and how scientific research can help meet the needs of individuals in the surrounding community.
Austin, Kelly and Laura A. McKinney. 2012. "Disease, War, Hunger, and Deprivation: A Cross-National Investigation of the Determinants of Life Expectancy in Less-Developed and Sub-Saharan African Nations." Sociological Perspectives. 55(3):421-47.
McKinney, Laura A. 2012. "Entropic Disorder: New Frontiers in Environmental Sociology." Sociological Perspectives 55(2):295-317. (text)
Austin, Kelly, Laura A. McKinney and Gretchen Thompson. 2012. "Trade Dependency and the Threat of Starvation as Unequal Exchange: A Structural Model of the Severity of Hunger Across Less-Developed Nations." International Journal of Sociology 42(2):68-89. (text)
Kick, Edward L., Laura A. McKinney, and Gretchen H. Thompson. 2011. "The Intensity of Food Deprivation in the Modern Era: The Impact of the World System, Modernization, Conflict, Militarization and Environment." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 52(6):478-502. (text)
Kick, Edward L., James C. Fraser, Gregory M. Fulkerson, Laura A. McKinney, and Daniel H. DeVries. 2011. "Repetitive Flood Loss Victims and Their Acceptance of FEMA Mitigation Offers: An Analysis With Community-System Policy Implications." Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management 35(3):510-539. (text)
McKinney, Laura A., Edward L. Kick, and Gregory M. Fulkerson. 2010. "World System, Anthropogenic, and Ecological Threats to Bird and Mammal Species: A Structural Equation Analysis of Biodiversity Loss." Organization and Environment 23(1):3-31. (text)
Fulkerson, Gregory M., Laura A. McKinney, and Kelly Austin. 2010. "Global Warmers and Global Coolers: A Cross-National Examination of Global Warming Dynamics." International Journal of Sociology 40(2):44-64. (text)
Shandra, John; Laura A. McKinney, Chris Leckband, and Bruce London. 2010. "Threatened Bird Species, Structural Adjustment and the Debt Regime." Human Ecology Review 17(1):18-33. (text)