Bard Faculty

Peter Klein

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental and Urban Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Environmental and Urban Studies, Global and International Studies, Sociology


B.A., Drew University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University. Areas of specialization: political sociology, urban studies, environmental sociology, globalization and development, qualitative methods, inequality, Brazil, and natural resource management. Author or coauthor of The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life; “Accessing Scarce Resources in the Brazilian Amazon,” in Latin American Research Review (forthcoming); “Disavowing Politics: Civic Engagement in an Era of Political Skepticism,” in American Journal of Sociology; and “Co-Designing and Co-Teaching Graduate Qualitative Methods: An Innovative Ethnographic Workshop Model,” in Teaching Sociology. Conference presentations—on subjects ranging from contested development and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam to inequality in American civic life—before such organizations as the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, England. Has previously taught at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; and Brown University. Has also served as special lecturer at Providence College and as consultant and mentor at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, Rhode Island. At Bard since 2014.


Phone: 845-758-7218
Location: Seymour
Office: 306