Luiz Barbosa

Luiz Barbosa

Contact Information

(415) 338-1330

Office Information: 

HSS 367C
Room Number: 
Also available by appointment
Office Hours: 
Monday: 12:10-1:15
Wednesday: 12:10-1:15


Luiz C. Barbosa started his career with the Department in 1991 and has been a full Professor of Sociology since 2000. His areas of research and teaching include globalization and development, environmental sociology, and sociological theory. He teaches courses on classical sociological theory, global sociology, and environmental sociology.  Professor Barbosa has done extensive research exploring the impact of development and globalization on deforestation, specifically in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. He has published a series of journal articles and two books on this issue.  His latest book, Guardians of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: Environmental Organizations and Development, was published by Routledge in 2015.

Courses Offered Spring 2016

  • SOC 481: Sociology of Brazil
  • SOC 483: Global Sociology

Previously Offered Courses

  • SOC 105: Sociological Perspectives
  • SOC 370: Classical Sociological Theories
  • SOC 461: Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons
  • SOC 471: Societal Change and Development
  • SOC 477: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 481: Sociology of Brazil
  • SOC 482: Global Immigration and Immigrants
  • SOC 483: Global Sociology
  • SOC 500: Social Change

Research Interests

Social change and development, environmental sociology, comparative race and ethnic relations, and Latin America (the Brazilian Amazon rain forest).


  • "Change by Necessity: Ecological Limits to Capitalism, Climate Change, and Obstacles to Transition to an Environmentally Sustainable Economy (November), 2009. 
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  • "The Rise of Brazil as an Agricultural Superpower and the Dilemma over the Amazon Rain Forest: A Treadmill of Production View" (February), 2009.
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  • "Chapter 3, Theories in Environmental Sociology, pp. 24-44, in Kennetth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis (eds), Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • "Save the Rainforest!: NGO's and Grassroots Organizations in the Dialectics of Brazilian Amazonia." International Social Science Journal (UNESCO), Vol. 55 (178), pp. 583-591, 2003.
  • The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: Global Ecopolitics, Development, and Democracy. Lanham, MD: The University of Press of America, 2000.
  • "The People of the Forest Against International Capitalism: Systemic and Anti-Systemic Forces in the Battle for the Preservation of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest." Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 39 (2), 1996.
  • "The Greening of the Ecopolitics of the World-System: Amazonia and Changes in the Ecopolitics of Brazil." Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 21 (summer), pp. 107-134, 1993.
  • "The World-System and the Destruction of the Brazilian Amazon Rain Forest." Review, XVI, Vol. 2 (Spring), pp. 215-240, 1993.
  • "Dependencia, Environmental Imperialism and Human Survival: A Critical Essay on the Global Environment," Humanity and Society, 14 (November), pp. 329-344, 1990.
  • "Manumission in Brazil and Surinam; The Role of Dutch Hegemony and Decline in the Capitalist World-Economy," Ethnic and Racial Studies, 10 (July), pp. 349-365, 1987.
  • ---- and Thomas D. Hall, "Brazilian Slavery and the World-Economy: An Examination of Linkages Within the World-System," Western Sociological Review, 15, pp. 99-119, 1986.