Stephanie Malin

Dept. of Sociology, Colorado State University

Stephanie A. Malin, Ph.D. is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development. She focuses on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production, works on the ground in communities, and is passionate about public sociology and building a more equitable world. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and environmental de-regulation in market-based economies. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, Stephanie is an award-winning teacher of undergraduate courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology and a graduate course in Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology. Stephanie authored The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice (published by Rutgers University Press, May 2015) and has published her research in multiple news outlets (see links) and top peer-reviewed journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Her work is supported by grants through the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the CSU Water Center’s Faculty Fellowship & Research Team grant. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University in 2013, after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University in 2011. More:

Stephanie is speaking at

October 10, 2019
6:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • Sonya Doctorian (Tour Leader) Video Producer/Photojournalist
  • Paul Karolyi (Tour Leader) Editorial Director, House of Pod, Host/Producer, Changing Denver
  • Len Ackland (Speaker) University of Colorado Boulder
  • Louis Cheroutes (Speaker) Board Member, Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges
  • Stephanie Malin (Speaker) Dept. of Sociology, Colorado State University
  • Murph Widdowfield (Speaker) Board Member, Rocky Flats Cold War History Museum


(6:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

Coloradans once looked on the weapons plants at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which manufactured nerve gas, and the Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory with pride. They were huge economic boons for the region during World War II and the Cold War. Decades of spills, fires and other environmental crimes changed all that, leaving a legacy of distrust and releases of radionuclides and other industrial by-products in their wake. Our day will begin with a bus tour of the Arsenal, with expert speakers discussing the massive cleanup effort that led to the opening of the site as refuge for bison, the endangered black-footed ferret and more than 300 other species of animals. We can’t leave the Arsenal without a stop at the National Wildlife Property Repository, which houses 1.3 million items recovered from wildlife traffickers. After lunch, we’ll drive over to Rocky Flats for an optional one-hour hike and an overview of the former nuclear weapons plant’s history, the controversial remediation efforts that followed its closure and the public health concerns that remain (the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have certified the whole refuge as safe for visitors). Total drive time: 3 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise. 

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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