Andrew McCumber

Graduate Student


Environmental Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Animals and Society


B.A. in History, University of California, Santa Barbara


Andrew McCumber is a doctoral candidate in sociology studying culture and environment. His research program revolves around the question of how cultural ideas of nature shape conceptions of environmental problems and their solutions. His dissertation uses a multi-sited ethnography of the extermination and eradication of rats to examine how this systematic killing of nonhuman animals reverberates through the social context in which it occurs. Beyond ethnography, he has methodological expertise in interviews, content analysis, and computational text analysis. His work has appeared in venues such as Cultural Sociology, Sociology Compass, Environmental Sociology, and Nature + Culture, and has received awards from the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the ASA section on Environmental Sociology, and the ASA section on Animals and Society.