Jamie Sommer

Assistant Professor


Office: CPR 236
Phone: (813) 974-2893


Jamie Sommer (Ph.D., 2018, State University of New York at Stony Brook) recently joined our faculty. Her research, which has been published in journals including Sociological Inquiry, Environmental Sociology, International Sociology, Rural Sociology, Journal of World-Systems Research, and Sociology of Development among others, uses mixed methods to examine how institutional factors and internal governance constraints impact environment and development outcomes. Her research shows that the internal structure and capacity of the state play a substantial role in the health and well-being of humans and the natural environment. She has extended this work to focus on how external factors or constraints, such as the activities of multinational corporations, international non-governmental organizations, international treaties, and other nations, interact with internal state factors to impact various outcomes. Currently, Jamie is interested in what rights states afford citizens in terms of their rights to natural resources and access to environmental information, participation, and decision-making. In doing so, she asks why, where, and what are the consequences of environmental citizenship. Jamie has collaborated internationally with academics and organizations. She is particularly excited about her work with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Gender Division in evaluating climate change mitigation and adaptation projects at the local level in developing countries.


Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2018