William Yagatich is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing his doctoral degree in sociology as a fellow of the Program for Society and the Environment. His most recent work has been with The Climate Constituencies Project, which studies how climate policy networks around the United States are evolving. It documents the ideological and policy networks operating at the state and federal levels on climate and clean energy issues, and, in addition, observes how they are changing over time. The research maps out the clusters that are forming around particular climate-related issues, what explains the formation of these clusters, and how they are related to specific policy actors. 

His dissertation research focuses on the use and discourse of expert knowledge. Relying on a mixed methods approach, his disseration is comprised of three case studies that examine how various groups assert themselves as experts and what the consequences of those efforts may be. Chaired by Dr. Dana R. Fisher, he anticipates defending his dissertation in early 2018. Yagatich holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University.

Areas of Interest

  • Sociology of Space and Place
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations


  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA
    Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
3114 Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
wayagati [at] umd.edu