Anya Galli Robertson

Doctoral Student

I study social movements and environmental sociology, with a particular emphasis on movement tactics, environmental politics, and qualitative methods. I have published four papers on these subjects in peer-reviewed journals (with colleagues and as a single author), with an additional four papers currently under review. My single-authored paper, “How Glitter Bombing Lost its Sparkle: The Emergence and Decline of a Novel Social Movement Tactic,” was awarded the 2017 CBSM Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award.

I will receive my PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland in early 2018. My dissertation explores the foundations of environmental privilege in the US coal-fired power industry by analyzing political discourse and environmental policymaking surrounding the 2016 election.

I am currently an RA for the Climate Constituencies Project, which studies policy networks and political polarization around climate and clean energy through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. I am also a Fellow at the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, where I have researched climate activism, civic participation, and environmental stewardship. I have taught undergraduate courses in Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, and Sociological Theory with an emphasis on teaching innovation and active learning.

I received a BA from St. Olaf College in 2008 and an MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2012.

Areas of Interest:
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Qualitative Methods
Personal Website:
  • BAPsychology, Women's Studies, & Studio Art--St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • MASociology--University of Maryland, College Park
  • Anya M Galli Robertson
Program for Society & the Environment: 3114 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology