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Evan Shenkin

Evan N. Shenkin

Multicultural Pre-Professoriate Fellow
Department of Sociology
SSB 364


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon, 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Oregon, 2014
  • M.A., International Studies, University of Oregon, 2009
  • Graduate Certificate, Not-For-Profit Management, University of Oregon, 2009
  • B.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2006

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Honors Seminar in Social Science: Justice and Inequality (HNRS A292)
  • Environmental Activism & Indigenous Land Rights (SOC A490)


Additional courses taught

  • Social Issues and Problems
  • Sociology of Education
  • Development & Social Change in Latin America,
  • Introduction to International Issues,
  • Climate Change and Development in the Anthropocene
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Systems of War and Peace
  • Community, Environment and Society
  • Social Inequality
  • Global Environmental Issues

Professional & Department Service

  • Chair, City of Eugene Toxics Right to Know Program, 2015 - present
  • Member, Faculty Senate Diversity Committee
  • American Sociological Association (ASA) 2018 - present

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • International development
  • Indigenous social movements
  • Political economy
  • Ecological crisis

The Center for Latino/Latina American Studies and the Tinker Foundation funded Evan's dissertation research in the Bolivian Amazon working with Indigenous communities of the eastern lowlands to better understand environmental justice and land sovereignty struggles, as well as community efforts to promote more sustainable livelihoods. Full description.

As the current Chair of the City of Eugene Toxic Right to Know Program, Dr. Shenkin has a forthcoming publication on the environmental justice struggles of the Guarayo people in Bolivia. His current research focuses on the social and environmental consequences of the 2019 military coup that ousted President Evo Morales and installed a far-right interim government.


Articles and Book Chapters

Shenkin, Evan N. Forthcoming. “Activism or Extractivism: Indigenous Land Struggles in Eastern Bolivia.” Chapter 3 in: Global [Im]-Possibilities: The Paradoxes of Policies, Plans, and Practices for Just Sustainabilities.  Edited by Julian Agyeman. Zed Books. University of  Chicago Press.


Under Review

Shenkin, Evan N. "Bifurcated Bolivia: Indigenous Governance and Sovereignty Struggles in the Eastern Lowlands." Socius.


Primary Works in Progress

Shenkin, Evan N. “Indigenous Sovereignty and the Political Economy of Andean-Amazonian Capitalism.” In preparation for submission to Environmental Sociology

Shenkin, Evan N. “TIPNIS on a Tightrope: Indigenous Territories and Extraction in the Bolivian Amazon.” In preparation for submission to Latin American Perspectives