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Michael Dreiling

Department Head
Phone: 541-346-5025
Office: 611 PLC
Office Hours: Fall 2023: Tuesday 12:30am-2:00 and Wednesday 11:00-12:30
Research Interests: social movements and corporate collective action; environmental sociology; comparative peace and conflict studies; network analysis


Professor Dreiling earned a B.A. in Sociology and in Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1997. He is author of two books (most recently Agents of Neoliberal Globalization), numerous articles, and is presently working on a third book comparing the political networks of dirty energy industries across regions of the world. Several other collaborative projects are in the works, including the fossil fuel divestment movement, a study of elite philanthropy for environmental causes, a longitudinal study of the US corporate policy network, and a major documentary film in Japan.  Professor Dreiling also produced and co-directed (with Matthew Eddy) the award-winning feature documentary on Costa Rica’s relatively happy, healthy and demilitarized society – A Bold Peace, available at Bullfrog Films (available in English, Spanish and Japanese). At the University of Oregon, Professor Dreiling was a founding organizer and first elected president for their faculty union, United Academics. Professor Dreiling is also President of the American Association of University Professors of Oregon, representing thousands of faculty and graduate employees across Oregon.

Research Interests

  • corporate influence in environmental, trade, and energy policies;
  • comparative politics of peace and human rights;
  • social movements and social change;
  • network analysis of collective action