Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
    • AKD Honor Society Advisor
  • Concentration:

    • Green Criminology
    • Environmental Sociology
    • Globalization
    • Crime and Deviance
    • China & East Asia
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • Ph.D.


Dr. KuoRay Mao is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. His research interests concern how the myriad socio-economic and environmental disjunctions caused by globalization have engendered patterns of resource and risk allocation, which have, in turn, shaped structural inequality in East Asia. Since 2011, he has studied the role of the developmental state in the perpetuation of environmental harm. His research on the co-development between desertification and the neoliberal economic model in northwestern China has led to a Fulbright Fellowship for Graduate Studies, in addition to fellowships from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation in the United States. He was also awarded the Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) Award from the American Sociological Association in 2015, the 2016 Outstanding Emerging Scholar Award from the Western Social Sciences Association, and the Best Journal Article Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice in 2019. His most recent research examines how resource governance in a state corporatist model interacts with community apathy toward environmental hazards and pollution. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Agrarian Change, Society & Natural Resources, and Critical Criminology. Dr. Mao received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2015.