Instructor / Ph.D. Candidate


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    Graduate Student
  • Position:

    • Instructor / Ph.D. Candidate
  • Concentration:

    • Environmental Sociology, Sustainable Development, Race and Ethnicity
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Candidate


Daniel Newell McLane received a BA in Africana Studies from Binghamton University. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from American University and an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations' University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has conducted field research in the United States, Southern Africa and Latin America. His research interests include environmental sociology, sustainable development, and theories of social change. Related to this reseach, in 2010 Daniel was named an International Presidential Fellow. Daniel's dissertation concerns the effects of an ecotourism experience on the participants' concepts of, and connection to, nature.The research is supported by The Milwaukee Public Museum and Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

Nominated for CSU Alumni Association's Best Teacher Award in 2011 and 2012, Daniel has taught General Sociology, Social Problems, Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations, Methods of Sociological Inquiry, Development of Sociological Thought, Population, Natural Resources and The Environment and Society and the Environment. In addition, Daniel has served as a facilitator for a new partnership between the Department of Sociology and the Bridge Scholars program which assists students from underrepresented backgrounds make a successful transition to CSU. Daniel is also honored to serve as a faculty/staff adviser to CSU's Alternative Spring Break to Panama focused on rural ecotourism development.


  • SOC 320 Population, Natural Resourecs and The Environment

    John Weeks argues, ..nearly everything is connected to demography (2009; 5). While he qualifies this statement by saying that it may sound, presumptuous, even preposterous (Ibid.) it is certainly easy to see his argument when focused on environmental issues and human population growth. In order to better understand the interplay of human population and natural resource use, this course introduces the tools and insights of demographic science and then places those insights in the historical context of world population change. Following this introduction the course explores the implications of the population growth on various natural resources and closes with a case study of an attempt to curb population growth in Cite Soleil, Haiti – in order to better understand the complexities of developing policy initiatives that address human population growth.