Diane Sicotte, PhD is an environmental sociologist with research interests in environmental injustice and inequality. She teaches courses on environmental justice, environmental sociology, sociology of disasters, and social movements. She combines sociological research methods with geographic and historical methods to investigate the role of race/ethnicity, social class, labor and waste disposal technologies in the development of environmental inequalities.
She is currently researching issues related to natural gas extraction, including labor union members’ preferences for natural gas or alternative energy sources; the connection between hydraulic fracturing and plastics production; and the role of natural gas infrastructures in technological lock-in that will ensure continued use of fossil fuel as an energy source.
She is the author of "From Workshop to Waste Magnet: Environmental Inequality in the Philadelphia Region" (Rutgers University Press, 2016).