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Robert J. Brulle, PhD

Robert Brulle, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology
Center for Science, Technology and Society

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  • BS, Marine Biology, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • MA, Sociology, New School for Social Research
  • MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Sociology, George Washington University, 1995

Research Interests:

  • Critical Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Social Change
  • Environmental Sociology


Robert Brulle is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science in the Department of Sociology and an affiliate Professor of Public Heath in the School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, at the University of Uppsala, Uppsala Sweden, and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In addition, in 1996 and 1997 he served as a consultant to U.S. National Research Council/Marine Board regarding their studies of maritime risk.

He has a BS degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Sociology from George Washington University.

His research focuses on the U.S. environmental movement, critical theory and public participation in environmental policy making. He is the author of over fifty articles in these areas and is the author of Agency, Democracy and the Environment: The U.S. Environmental Movement from the Perspective of Critical Theory, as well as co-editor, with David Pellow, of Power, Justice and the Environment.

In his current position he developed and implemented two academic programs leading to both a BS Degree in Urban Environmental Policy and an MS Degree in Environmental Policy. Prior to his employment in the academic field, Brulle served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty four years, where his area of expertise was in the field of environmental response and pollution prevention.

Selected Publications:

  • Brulle, Robert J. From Environmental Campaigns to Advancing the Public Dialogue: Environmental Communication for Civic Engagement. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 4(1). March 2011.
  • Brulle, Robert J. and Jenkins, J.C. Civil Society and the Environment: Understanding the Dynamics and Impacts of the U.S. Environmental Movement. In Understanding 21st Century NGOs. Thomas Lyon (Ed.). RFF Press. 2010.
  • Brulle, Robert J. Science, Democracy, and the Environment: The Contributions of Barry Commoner. Organization & Environment, 22:1, March 2009.
  • Pellow, David and Brulle, Robert J. (Eds.) Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2005.