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Seniors Select Sociology Prof. for Outstanding Faculty Award

Members of St. Lawrence University’s graduating senior class have selected Daniel N. McLane, assistant professor of environmental sociology, to receive the Owen D. Young Outstanding Faculty Award.

The award, which is the only award chosen exclusively by students, is given to a member of the teaching faculty. The faculty winner delivers the last lecture to the graduating class.

McLane’s lecture is titled “Who's Tomorrow is This? Engaging a Changing World in a Way that Matters.”

“I'm truly honored, humbled and surprised to win this award and to be giving this lecture,” McLane said. “I’ve learned a lot from our students here at St. Lawrence, both in class and through collaborative research. I’m grateful for this last opportunity to wish them well and send them forward.”

McLane currently conducts research in Latin America and the United States, focusing on environmental movements and indigeneity. Additionally, he engages in critical examinations of sustainable development with a special focus on community sovereignty. McLane has recently published on theoretical tools that seek to better understand competing concepts of, and connections to, nature. His work is informed by a political ecological orientation that stresses differential harms and benefits of environmental policies as these harms and benefits are distributed along existing lines of stratification.

McLane earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Colorado State University and a master’s in international affairs from American University as well as a master’s in natural resources and sustainable development from the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica.