Eric Allen Hanley

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Sociology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 712
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556


Eric Hanley (PhD UCLA) specializes in economic, environmental and political sociology.  His recent research focuses on political behavior in United States, specifically the rise of white nationalism.  Other projects also include analyses of the anti-mining movement in Peru and the political and economic processes contributing to land degradation in western China.  Recent publications include “State Corporatism and Environmental Harm: Tax Farming and Desertification in Northwestern China” (with KuoRay Mao, 2018, Journal of Agrarian Change) and “The Anger Games:  Who Voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election, and Why?” (with David Smith, Critical Sociology, 2018). Areas: Political, Environmental, and Economic Sociology, Globalization.

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Globalization
  • Comparative-Historical
  • Social Stratification

Research Interests

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Globalization

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