Matthew S. Carroll
- Human response to both the threat and reality of uncontrolled fire in the residential /forest interface as well as other social issues around controlled and uncontrolled wild-land fire.
Teaching /Professional Interests
Dr. Matt Carroll is a natural resource sociologist with an undergraduate degree and field experience in forest management. His research activity centers on the application of sociology to resource-based human communities, the sociology of wildland fire, the sociology of natural resource labor (including non-timber forest products), social assessment in a natural resources context and collaborative processes in natural resource decision-making.
His current specific research focus in the area of human response to both the threat and reality of uncontrolled fire in the residential/forest interface as well as other social issues around controlled and uncontrolled wild-land fire.
Matt teaches undergraduate courses in natural resources and society and natural resource policy and co-teaches a graduate course in issues and ethics in natural resources and the environment.
He served as Chair of the Society of American Forester's National Task Force on Community Stability and as a member of the Rural Sociological Society's National Working Group on Natural Resources and Rural Poverty. He also served as a sociological consultant to President Clinton's Ecosystem Assessment Team and more recently to Upper Columbia Basin Ecosystem Assessment Team. He also served as Co-editor of Society and Natural Resources.
Matt also served for two years as WSU's Faculty Representative to the State Legislature in Olympia.
- Ph.D. Forest and Natural Resources: Sociology and Policy, 1984
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
- M.S. Forest and Natural Resources: Sociology and Public Administration, 1979
West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV
- B.S. Forest Management, 1977
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA