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Yvonne Braun

Department Head, Global Studies and Member, Provost's Teaching Academy
Global Studies
Phone: 541-346-5752
Office: 118 Friendly Hall
Office Hours: Fall 2023: Thursday 11:00-12:45 (by appt)
Research Interests: gender, intersectionality, social inequality, international development, environmental justice, globalization, infrastructural politics, energy politics, social movements, feminist political ecology


Yvonne A. Braun is a Professor in the Department of Global (International) Studies at the University of Oregon specializing in gender, intersectionality, international development, environment and environmental justice, globalization, social movements, social inequality, and health and human rights. Her recent scholarship has appeared in Gender & Society, Social Problems, Journal of Global Ethics, International Feminist Journal of PoliticsJournal of Environmental Management, Journal of Political Ecology, and Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. She has received the Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award (2011), the Rippey Innovative Teaching Award (2013-19), the Teaching Excellence Fellowship (2016-17, declined), the Faculty Research Mentor Award (2020), and is a member of the Provost's Teaching Academy.


  • Social Inequalities and Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Lesotho/Southern Africa/Africa
  • Development and Globalization
  • Qualitative Methods



2012          Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Nicola Yeates, and Yvonne A. Braun (equal authorship/editorship). Women’s Encounters with Globalization. London: Frontpage Publications Limited (Pearson). ISBN: 978-81-908841-8-1. (June; 222 pages)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

In press     Faye, Jean B., and Yvonne A. Braun. “Soil and Human Health: Understanding Agricultural and Socio-Environmental Risk and Resilience in the Age of Climate Change.” Health & Place: An International Journal, expected publication 2022.

2021          Yvonne A. Braun. 2021. “Seeing Through Water: Gender, Anxiety, and Livelihoods in Large-Scale Infrastructural Development in the Era of Climate Change.” Pp. 69-81 in Gender, Livelihoods, and Climate Change edited by Joshua Eastin and Kendra Dupuy. London: CABI Press.

                 2021    Yvonne A. Braun, K. Melchor Quick Hall, Christina Holmes, and Gwyn Kirk. 2021. “Teaching & Learning Gendered Ecologies Across the Curriculum.” Pp. 183-202 in Mapping Gendered Ecologies: Engaging with and beyond Ecowomanism and Ecofeminism, edited by K. Melchor Quick Hall and Gwyn Kirk. Lexington Books.

2020          Braun, Yvonne A. 2020. “The Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the Age of COVID-19.” Pp. 61-71 in Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19, Volume 2 - Global Perspectives, edited by Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, Michelle Christian, David C. Lane, and Jason A. Smith. London: The Bristol University Press/Policy Press.

                  2020         Braun, Yvonne A. 2020. “Environmental Change, Risk, and Vulnerability: Poverty, Food Insecurity, and HIV/AIDS Amid Infrastructural Development and Climate Change.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 13 (2): 267-291. Special issue on Riskscapes and Climate Change. doi:10.1093/cjres/rsaa008

2020          Braun, Yvonne A. 2020. “Lesotho’s White Gold: The Political Ecology of Temporality and the Economy of Anticipation in Resource Extraction and Large Dam Infrastructural Projects.” Journal of Political Ecology 27 (1): 853-876. Special Issue on Resource Extraction and Temporality.

2019          Dreiling, Michael C., Tomoyasu Nakamura, Nicholas Lougee, and Yvonne A. Braun.  “After the Meltdown: Post-Fukushima Environmentalism and a Nuclear Energy Industrial Complex in Japan.” Pp. 85-107 in Nuclear Emergencies: A Holistic Approach to Preparedness and Response, edited by Steinhauser, Koizumi, and Shozugawa. Singapore: Springer.

2018          Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. “Networking for Women’s Rights: Academic Centers, Regional Information Networks, and Feminist Advocacy in Southern Africa” International Feminist Journal of Politics 21(1): 89-110.

2018          Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. 2018. “Social Problems in Global Perspective.” Pp. 77-98 in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems, edited by A. Javier Trevino, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2017          Sophia L. Borgias and Yvonne A. Braun. 2017. “From Dams to Democracy: Framing Processes and Political Opportunities in Chile’s Patagonia Without Dams Movement.” Interface: A journal for and about social movements 9(2): 300-328 (December).

2016          Shannon Elizabeth Bell and Yvonne A. Braun. 2016. “Identity and Participation in the Environmental Justice Movement.” Pp. 75-87 in Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia by Shannon Elizabeth Bell. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.

2015          Braun, Yvonne A., Michael C. Dreiling, Matthew P. Eddy, and David M. Dominguez. 2015. “Up Against the Wall: Ecotourism, Development, and Social Justice in Costa Rica.” Journal of Global Ethics 11(3) December: 351-365.

2015          Braun, Yvonne A. and Assitan Sylla Traore. 2015. “Plastic Bags, Pollution, and Identity: Women and the Gendering of Globalization and Environmental Responsibility in Mali.” Gender & Society 29(6) December: 863-887.

2015          Braun, Yvonne A. 2015. “Interrogating Large-Scale Development and Inequality: Bridging Feminist Political Ecology, Intersectionality and Environmental Justice Frameworks.” Pp. 19-37 in A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change, edited by Stephanie Buechler and Anne Marie S. Hanson, Routledge Press.

2014          Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling (equal authorship). 2014. “Frames, Boomerangs, and Global Assemblages: Border Distortions in the Global Resistance to Dam Building in Lesotho.” Pp. 261-292 in Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization edited by Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez, New York: New York University Press.

2012          Braun, Yvonne A. and Leslie A. McLees. 2012. “Space, Ownership and Inequality: Economic Development and Tourism in the Highlands of Lesotho.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 5 (3) November: 435-449.

2012          Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne A. Braun and Nicola Yeates (equal authorship). 2012. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-19 in Women’s Encounters with Globalization, edited by Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Nicola Yeates, and Yvonne A. Braun.  Kolkata: Frontpage Publications.

2011          Braun, Yvonne A. 2011. “Left High and Dry: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Dams, and Development in Lesotho.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 13(2): 141-162.

Winner of the Inaugural Enloe Award for a Research Publication, 2010 of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

2011          Braun, Yvonne A. 2011. “The Reproduction of Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and the Social Organization of Work at the Site of Large-Scale Development Projects.” Social Problems 58(2): 281-303.

2011          Braun, Yvonne A. 2011. “Gendering Sustainability: Reframing Sustainable Development as Gender Justice.”  Development 54 (2): 209-211.

2010          Bell, Shannon E., and Yvonne A. Braun. 2010. “Coal, Identity, and the Gendering of Environmental Justice Activism in Central Appalachia.” Gender & Society 24 (6) December: 794-813.

This article was highlighted in Contexts, Summer 2011, a public outreach journal published by the American Sociological Association.

2010          Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. 2010. “From Developmentalism to the HIV/AIDS Crisis: The Amplification of Women’s Rights in Lesotho.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 12(3): 464-483.

Reprinted 2011 in New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, edited by Dana Collins, Sylvanna Falcón, Sharmila Lodhia and Molly Talcott, Routledge Press.

Reprinted in 2014 in paperback.

2010          Braun, Yvonne A. 2010. “Gender, large-scale development, and food insecurity in Lesotho: an analysis of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.” Gender & Development 18(3): 453-464.

2010          Braun, Yvonne A. 2010. “Gender, Development, and Sex Work in Lesotho.” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 29(1): 78-96.

2009          Tilt, Bryan, Yvonne A. Braun, and He Daming. 2009. “Social Impacts of Large Dam Projects: A Comparison of International Case Studies and Implications for Best Practice.”  Journal of Environmental Management 90: S249-S257.

Reprinted 2014 in Developments in Social Impact Assessment, edited by Frank Vanclay, Edward Elgar Publishing.

2008          Braun, Yvonne A. 2008. “How Can I Stay Silent?”: One Woman’s Struggles for Environmental Justice in Lesotho.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 10(1) October: 5-20.

[Joint Special Issue with Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies]

2008          Braun, Yvonne A. 2008. “The Promise of Feminist Political Ecology.” Pp. 204-220 in Understanding the Global Environment, edited by Samir Dasgupta. New Delhi, India: Pearson Education.

2007          Braun, Yvonne A. “Development Trade-Offs in Africa: Dam Building in Lesotho.” Pp. 231-238 in Global Perspectives on Large Dams: Evaluating the State of Large Dam Construction and Decommissioning across the World, edited by Kara DiFrancesco and Kathryn Woodruff. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Publication Series, Report Number 13.

2006          Braun, Yvonne A. 2006. “Large Dams as Development: Restructuring Access to Natural Resources in Lesotho.” Pp. 151-171 in Globalization and the Environment. Edited by Andrew K. Jorgenson and Edward L. Kick. Leiden, NL: Brill Press.

2005          Braun, Yvonne A. 2005. “Selling the River: Gendered Experiences of Resource Extraction and Development in Lesotho.” Research in Rural Sociology and Development 10: 373-96.

2005          Braun, Yvonne A. 2005. “Resettlement and Risk: Women’s Community Work in Lesotho.” Advances in Gender Research 9: 29-60.

                 This article won the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Student Paper Award in 2005.