Bob Bolin

Affiliate Faculty
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402

Biography

Bob Bolin’s work explores the political ecology of technological hazards and questions of social vulnerability and environmental justice. His research approach combines hazards geography, Marxist political ecology,  and environmental justice to study a broad suite of environmental inequalities. 

Much of his earlier research focused on environmental disasters using vulnerability theory and environmental justice to examine long term disaster recovery and the effects of social inequalities on vulnerability.  More recent work focuses on technological hazards, industrial emissions and the unequal toxic exposures of poor people and racial minorities. Other related work has focused on climate change, social vulnerability, and water resources in the urban Southwest. Most recently his research has examined the environmental and health implications of nuclear technologies, and nuclear weapons manucfacturing and testing in the American West.

Bolin was the founding director of the doctoral program in Environmental Social Science and continues to teach core graduate courses in that interdisciplinary environmental studies program in SHESC.

Education

PhD, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Publications

  • Sara Grineski, Bob Bolin, Victor Agadjanian. Tuberculosis and Urban Growth: Class, Race and Disease in Early Phoenix, Arizona. Health and Place (2006).
  • Bob Bolin, S Grineski, T Collins. Geography of Despair: Environmental Racism and the Making of South Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Human Ecology Review (2005).
  • Bob Bolin, A Nelson, E Hackett, D Pijawka, S Smith, E Sadalla, M O'Donnell, D Sicotte. The Ecology of Technological Risk in a Sunbelt City. Environment and Planning A (2002).
  • Robert Bolin, E Matranga, E Hackett, E Sadalla, D Pijawka, D Brewer, D Sicotte. Environmental Equity in a Sunbelt City: The Spatial Distribution of Toxic Hazards in Phoenix, Arizona. Global Environmental Change B. Environmental Hazards (2000).

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 502 Politicl Ecology: Thry & Rsrc
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASB 335 Ancient Ruins of the Southwest
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ESS 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASB 272 Environmental Justice
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 501 Social Theory and Environmnt
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
ASB 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
ESS 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SOS 272 Environmental Justice
ASB 272 Environmental Justice
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 497 Honors Colloquium
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 502 Politicl Ecology: Thry & Rsrc
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ESS 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
ESS 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 510 Urban Environments
ASB 580 Practicum
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
ASB 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ASB 272 Environmental Justice
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 501 Social Theory and Environmnt
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
ASB 799 Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
ESS 792 Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
ASB 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
ASB 394 Special Topics
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ESS 502 Politicl Ecology: Thry & Rsrc
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 592 Research
ASB 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
ASB 799 Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course Number Course Title
ESS 792 Research
ASB 792 Research

Presentations

  • Bob Bolin and Sara Grineski. The Shame of Phoenix: Environmental Racism and the Making of South Phoenix. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV (Apr 2009).
  • Bob Bolin, Brian Pompeii, Mohan Seetharam. Climate Change and Water Resource Vulnerability in Phoenix, AZ. Meetings of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2008).
  • Boone, Christopher, Bolin, Bob, Grove, J. Morgan, Buckley, Geoff, Cutts, Bethany, Darby, Kate. CAP-BES Cross-Site Research on Environmental Justice. CAP LTER Mid-Term Review (Dec 2007).
  • Bolin, Bob, Collins, Tim, Darby, Kate. Pumping Groundwater, Draining Rivers:A Political Ecology of. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2007).
  • Bolin, Bob, Collins, Timothy. Growth and Groundwater in Highland Arizona: The Political Ecology of a Contested Resource. International Social Science Association Annual Meetings (May 2006).
  • Bolin, Bob. Race, Class, and Disaster Vulnerability. Natural Hazards Workshop (Jul 2004).
  • Bolin, Bob. Toxic Tracts: A historical geography of environmental racism in Phoenix. LTER Annual Poster Symposium (Apr 2004).
  • Bolin, Bob. Toxic Tracts: The Development of Environmental Inequality in Phoenix, Arizona. Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2002).
  • Bolin, Bob. Environmental Justice in the Sunbelt: The Spatial Distribution of Toxic Hazards in Phoenix, AZ. Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Urban Affairs Association (May 2000).

Service

  • Environmental Justice, Referee (2008 - Present)
  • Geoforum, Referee (2007 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, HSD Panel Member (2004)
  • Community Action Council: South Phoenix Toxic Hazards Reduction Program Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Steering Committee Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Faculty Senate, Senator (2003)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2003)