Janine Schipper, PhD

Janine Schipper Professor
Northern Arizona University
Sociology and Social Work
Blg SBS 65 Rm #323
Phone: 928-523-7482


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Consciousness and Social Change
  • Contemplative Practices
  • Sustainability

Courses offered


• Soc210 Social Problems

• Soc301 Gender and the Media

• Soc318 Medical Sociology

• Soc333 Environment and Society

• Soc360 Sociocultural Aging

• Soc441 Deviance

• Soc610 Consciousness and Social Change

• Soc633 Environmental Sociology

• SUS695 Elements of Sustainable Communities 



Boston College; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Sociology Ph. D. (May, 2000) with emphasis in Environmental Sociology/Human Ecology and Social Anthropology/Sociology of Culture.  Sociology M. A. (May, 1995).

Brandeis University; Waltham, Massachusetts

Sociology B. A.; Psychology B. A. (May, 1992).



Janine Schipper (Ph.D. Sociology, Boston College) is an associate professor of sociology at Northern Arizona University.  She currently serves as the executive editor of the sociology journal, Humanity and Society, devoted to publishing work on social justice, scholar/activism, and public sociology. Her book, Disappearing Desert: the Growth of Phoenix and the Culture of Sprawl (University of Oklahoma Press 2008) examines the cultural forces that contribute to suburban sprawl in the United States.  Her publications in environmental sociology focus on such topics as the cultural productions of space and time, rethinking our ideas on harmony with nature, and questioning how responsible is “responsible development”? She recently published a seminal piece on Buddhist Sociology entitled “Toward a Buddhist Sociology: Its Theories, Methods and Possibilities (American Sociologist 2012) and is a co-author of Sociology: A Critical and Contemporary Perspective ( 4th edition, National Social Science Press 2012).

As a public sociologist, Janine has engaged local and regional communities in public discussions around suburban sprawl, collective wisdom, and sustainable communities.  She helped develop the Martin Springer Institute, which focuses on global engagement through Holocaust awareness. In addition to her faculty position in sociology, she teaches for NAU’s Master’s in Sustainable Communities program and served for two years as the graduate coordinator of the Master’s in Applied Sociology program.

Janine has been integrating contemplative practices into her undergraduate and graduate classes in Environmental Sociology, Consciousness and Social Change, and Sustainable Communities for the past 6 years. Her current research examines how mindfulness practices may impact grassroots organizing.