Community organizing and mobilization have long been recognized as key to the impact of social movements on society.
Rebecca Watts Hull is an environmental sociologist with professional experience in environmental education and advocacy. She is a Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist for the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and an Adjunct Academic Professional in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan - a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.
Dr. Watts Hull’s research and teaching interests include environmental history and governance, sustainability, campus-based leadership and advocacy, and social movements. Most recently, her dissertation research examined variation in commitment to local and sustainable food purchasing and the impacts of student-led Real Food campaigns on U.S. college campuses. Her work with Serve-Learn-Sustain centers on connecting faculty and their teaching with community partners to advance student understanding and skills related to building sustainable communities.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Watts Hull was Director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, an Atlanta-based program to engage citizens in clean air initiatives and advocacy. Her past professional work also includes science and environmental curriculum design, including contributions to California’s Education and the Environment Initiative and service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Uganda. Dr. Watts Hull received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bucknell University, a Master of Science degree from University of Michigan in Natural Resources and Environment, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in History and Sociology of Technology and Science.
In this course, we analyze how “ordinary people” challenge powerful segments of society through social movements, and thereby contribute to social change. This course addresses several basic questions: Why do social movements emerge when they do?