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Daniel Driscoll

C.Phil: Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2019
M.A.: Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2017
B.A.: Environmental Studies, University of Redlands, 2014
            summa cum laude, Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Research interests: Environmental Sociology, Climate Change, Comparative Political Economy, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Economic Sociology, Methods


I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Several key questions guide my research: Why do some states, institutions, and people fight for the climate, while others do not? And what explains how, in some places but not others, movements and policies emerge in response to global climate change? What are the socio-economic foundations of fossil fuel energy use and carbon emissions? I utilize diverse research methods, from qualitative interviews and ethnography to statistical and comparative-historical methods.

My sole-authored work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Sociological Forum, Socius, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Movement Studies. My research has received external funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Institute of European Studies.

I have previously held visiting researcher positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, France.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2021. “Populism and Carbon Tax Justice: The Yellow Vest Movement in France.” Social Problems. Forthcoming.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2021. “Drivers of Carbon Price Adoption in Wealthy Democracies: International or Domestic Forces?” Socius 7:1-11.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2020. “Do Carbon Prices Limit Economic Growth?” Socius 6:1-3.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2020. “When Ignoring the News and Going Hiking Can Help You Save the World: Environmental Activist Strategies for Persistence.” Sociological Forum 35(1):189–206.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2019. “Assessing Sociodemographic Predictors of Climate Change Concern." Social Science Quarterly 100(5):1699–1708.

Driscoll, Daniel. 2018. “Beyond Organizational Ties: Foundations of Persistent Commitment in Environmental Activism.” Social Movement Studies 17(6):697–715.