Tulane Sociology

Laura McKinney (Vitae)


Assistant Professor (Ph.D. North Carolina State University)
220 Newcomb Hall
Phone: (504) 862-3013
Fax: (504) 865-5544

Research Interests

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 to understand the needs of individuals in the surrounding community and how scientific research can address them. 

Selected Publications

McKinney, Laura A. 2014. “Foreign Direct Investment, Development, and Overshoot.” Social Science Research 47:121-133. (text)

Kick, Edward L. and Laura A. McKinney. 2014. “Global Context, National Interdependencies, and the Ecological Footprint:  A Structural Equation Analysis.” Sociological Perspectives 57(2):256-279. (text)

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. (text)

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)


Courses Taught

Global Social Change (SOCI 1470)
Introduction to Research Analysis (SOCI 3040)
Global Political Economy & the Environment (SOCI 6320)

Tulane University, Department of Sociology, 220 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5820