LaDawn Haglund
Associate Professor of Climate Justice

PhD, Sociology, New York University (2005)


Dr. Haglund’s research and teaching are in the areas of human rights, environmental justice, political economy, and socially transformative processes. Her work analyzing the social and political dimensions of sustainability and environmental governance has received support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Brazilian Fulbright Commission. She has done research in Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, and South Africa.

Dr. Haglund is co-editor (with Robin Stryker) of Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation (UC Press), which theorizes the processes, mechanisms, and pathways by which rights are more or less effectively realized in practice and offers a framework and strategies for achieving meaningful social change. Her other publications include Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods (Penn State Press) as well as numerous book chapters and articles in SustainabilityLatin American PerspectivesJournal of Human RightsWater PolicyEuropean Journal of Sociology, and The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture, and Politics.

Courses Taught

Current courses (John Jay)

POL 316 Politics of Rights

EJS 300 Environmental Justice

Previous courses (ASU)

Human Rights and Sustainability (graduate and undergraduate)

Globalization and Economic Justice (graduate and undergraduate)

Global Politics of Human Rights (undergraduate)

Human Rights Organizations and Institutions (undergraduate)

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association

Law and Society Association

Latin American Studies Association

Scholarly Work

2023. Human Rights at the Intersections of Structural and Cultural Violence. In Anthony Tirado Chase, Sofia Gruskin, and Pardis Mahdavi (eds.) Human Rights at the Intersections: Transformations through Addressing New Challenges. I.B. Tauris.

2019. Human Rights Pathways to Just SustainabilitiesSustainability. 11(12):3255.

2018. Can Human Rights Challenge Neoliberal Logics? Evidence from Water and Sanitation Rulings in São Paulo, Brazil. In Gillian MacNaughton and Diane F. Frey (eds.) Economic and Social Rights in a Neoliberal World. Cambridge University Press.

2015 (ed., with Robin Stryker). Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation. University of California Press.

2010. Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods. Pennsylvania State University Press.