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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.
Dr. Elizabeth Long

Dr. Elizabeth Long

Professor, Department Chair
Sociology

School of Social Sciences
Rice University

Elizabeth Long is a Professor of Sociology and Department Chair at Rice University, where she joined the faculty in 1978. Her most recent book is Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life (University of Chicago Press, 2003). A cultural and qualitative sociologist, Long’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and more recently by the Cultures of Energy program at Rice. Long has worked on several editorial boards, and has also served as Chair of the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, and on Program Committees for that organization and the American Studies Association. At Rice University, Long has won several teaching awards, including the Carnegie-CASE Texas Professor of the Year. As her interest in environmental issues grew, Long began teaching and publishing about the campus sustainability movement. Her current research concerns social issues related to fracking, with an interest in the role of science and democracy in the controversy.  At present, she is conducting ethnographic fieldwork among the various stakeholders in upstate New York.  She is the author of The Politics of Respect: Anti-Fracking Activism in New York State.