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Department Head and Dresser Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Tamara L. Mix is the Department Head of Sociology and Laurence L. & Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in rural sociology at Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include environmental justice, race, class and gender inequality and social movements. Maintaining a focus on environmental and social justice in her research, Dr. Mix conducts fieldwork in communities experiencing a wide range of environmental challenges linked to environmental risks, including work with community contamination and environmental illness in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, predator control and regional resilience in Alaska and community dimensions of natural resource extraction and production in Oklahoma. Current projects consider environmental justice and inequality related to water and energy resources as well as food justice, food security and local food production networks impacting underserved Oklahoma communities. Dr. Mix's research activities use qualitative and engaged methods to understand community responses to environmental harms, working towards solutions based approaches.

  • B.A. in Sociology, James Madison University
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Research Interests
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Justice
  • Social Movements
  • Social Justice
  • Race, Class and Gender Inequality
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