Samantha Fox

Samantha  Fox
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, Binghamton University, 2017
  • 429A Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI, 48823
  • 517-355-3396


Samantha Fox


Samantha Fox is a fixed-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Dr. Fox’s theoretical orientation is toward a world historical political economy perspective that transcends disciplinary boundaries. She is currently developing her dissertation On the Margins of a Mine, On the Margins of Capitalism: Indigenous Autonomy and Extractive Development in Guatemala into a book. This research examines practices of resilience and strategies of opposition to mining among indigenous and peasant communities. Samantha has published her work in the Journal of World-Systems Researchand Environmental Sociology. She was recently elected to serve as Councilmember to the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS). Additionally, Samantha was recently appointed Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Dr. Fox’s teaching tends toward the themes of politics, development, and environment. As an instructor Dr. Fox challenges students to think critically and creatively about the world’s social problems with rigorous reading, writing, and discussion. 


Dr. Fox is currently working on a project in Northeast China with a research team. This research investigates the impacts of agricultural modernization on peasant householding and environmental conditions.


  • Asian Studies Center
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • GenCen 


Forthcoming. “Book Review: Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future” Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

Under Review. “What is Green Racism? Racial Formation in American Environmentalism” Politics and Society

R&R. “Critical Praxis in Indigenous Communities Confronting Environmental Injustice in the Guatemalan Mining Sector” Environmental Sociology

“History, Violence, and the Emergence of Guatemala’s Extractive Sector” (2015). Environmental Sociology1(3): 152-165.