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Diane Sicotte

Diane Sicotte, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Office: 3201 Arch Street, 203
Phone: 215.895.2264


  • BS, Sociology, Portland State University
  • MA, Sociology, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Sociology, Arizona State University, 2003

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental inequality and injustice (using both qualitative historical and quantitative geographical methods)
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Urban social inequalities of race, class and gender


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).

Selected Publications:


  • Sicotte, Diane.  2016.  From Workshop to Waste Magnet: Environmental Inequality in the Philadelphia Region (Rutgers University Press).


  • Diane Sicotte and Robert J. Brulle. 2018. “Environmental Justice and Social Movement Theory,” in Handbook of Environmental Justice, edited by Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker, pp. 25-36. London and New York: Routledge Press.
  • Diane Sicotte and Kelly Joyce. 2017. “Not a ‘Petro Metro:’ Challenging Fossil Fuel Expansion.” Environmental Sociology, 3, 4: 337-347.
  • Sicotte, Diane.  2016.  “The Importance of Historical Methods for Building Theories of Urban Environmental Inequality,” Environmental Sociology, 2, 3: 254-264.
  • Sicotte, Diane. 2014. “Diversity and Intersectionality among Environmentally Burdened Communities in Philadelphia MSA, USA.” Urban Studies, 51, 9: 1850-1870.
  • Sicotte, Diane. 2010. “Some More Polluted Than Others: Unequal Cumulative Industrial Hazard Burdens in the Philadelphia MSA, USA.” Local Environment, 15, 8: 761-774.
  • Sicotte, Diane. 2010. “Don’t Waste Us: Environmental Justice through Urban Planning in Philadelphia, USA.” Environmental Justice, 3, 1: 1-5.
  • Sicotte, Diane. 2009. “Power, Profit and Pollution: The Persistence of Environmental Injustice in a Company Town.” Human Ecology Review, 16, 2: 141-150.
  • Sicotte, Diane and Samantha Swanson.  2007.  “Whose Risk in Philadelphia? Proximity to Unequally Hazardous Industrial Facilities.” Social Science Quarterly, 88, 2: 515-534.

Book Chapters

  • Sicotte, Diane and Robert J. Brulle.  2017.  “Environmental Justice and Social Movement Theory,” (requested contribution to the Handbook of Environmental Justice, edited by Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker, forthcoming from Routledge Press).
  • Sicotte, Diane. 2012. “Saving Ourselves by Acting Locally: Environmental Justice Activism in The Philadelphia Area, 1981-2001,” in Brian Black and Michael J. Chiarappa (editors), Nature’s Entrepot: Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds.  University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 231-249.