Professor, Sociology

John Foran is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also involved with the programs in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Global and International Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Bren School. He was visiting professor of sociology and Latin American Studies at Smith College from and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London,. His current areas of interest include the comparative study of 20th-century revolutions and 21st-century radical social change, development, climate, and globalization, and the global justice and climate justice movements. His books include Fragile Resistance: Social Transformation in Iran from 1500 to the Revolution, A Century of Revolution: Social Movements in Iran, Theorizing Revolutions, The Future of Revolutions: Re-thinking Radical Change in an Age of Globalization, Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development, Revolution in the Making of the Modern World:  Social Identities, Globalization, and Modernity, On the Edges of Development:  Cultural Interventions, and Taking Power: On the Origins of Revolutions in the Third World. He is currently working on a book, Taking Power or (Re)Making Power:  Movements for Radical Social Change and Global Justice and is also engaged in a long-term research project on the global climate justice movement.

Select EH Courses: Earth in Crisis and Climate Justice