My research agenda concerns social inequalities and how people make sense of them individually and respond to them collectively. At the individual level, I am interested in how people perceive and react to various aspects of environmental injustices, especially among communities who, on average, experience disproportionately high levels of injustices. At the collective level, I am interested in social movement tactics, outcomes, and political framing. My research agenda is thus rooted in notions of environmental and social justice, and deeply connected to my upbringing in Central Appalachia.

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Pathak, Swapna and Christie L. Parris. 2021. “India’s Diplomatic Discourse and Development Dilemma in the International Climate Change Regime.” India Review 20(1):1–28.

Parris, Christie L., Karen A. Hegtvedt, and Cathryn Johnson. 2021. “Assessments of Environmental Injustice among Black Americans.” Social Currents 8(1):45–63.

Scheuerman, Heather L., Christie L. Parris, Alison Faupel, and Regina Werum. 2020. “State-Level Determinants of Hate Crime Reporting: Examining the Impact of Structural and Social Movement Influences.” Law and Policy 42(1):31–55.

Hegtvedt, Karen A., Christie L. Parris, and Cathryn Johnson. 2019. “Framing and Feeling Fuel Environmentally Responsible Behaviors of Black Residents in the United States.” Sociological Perspectives 62(5):603–26. (Lead Article)

Watson, Lesley, Karen A. Hegtvedt, Cathryn Johnson, Christie L. Parris, and Shruthi Subramanyam. 2017. “When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives.” Education Sciences 7(13):1–17.

Parris, Christie L. and Heather L. Scheuerman. 2015. “How Social Movements Matter: Including Sexual Orientation in State-Level Hate Crime Legislation.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 38:231–58.

Watson, Lesley, Cathryn Johnson, Christie L. Parris, and Karen A. Hegtvedt. 2015. “Living Green: Examining Sustainable Dorms and Identities.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 16(3):310–26.

Parris, Christie L., Karen A. Hegtvedt, Lesley Watson, and Cathryn Johnson. 2014. “Justice for All? Factors Affecting Perceptions of Environmental and Ecological Injustice.” Social Justice Research 27:67–98.

Hegtvedt, Karen A. and Christie L. Parris. “Emotions in Justice Processes.” 2014. Pp. 103–25 in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, Volume II. Edited by J. Stets and J. Turner. New York: Springer.