Michigan Sociological Association
2021 Annual Conference

Michigan State University • October 15-16, 2021

People, Places and the Pandemic


Anxieties around race, education and employment soared during the pandemic. At the same time climate researchers held hopes that the pandemic could have at least one positive consequence: lowering C02 emissions.

The daily global CO2 emissions decreased by about 17% during the height of the global shutdown, that is a relatively small drop, especially considering just how many millions of people were avoiding driving and flying. Consequently, more drastic measures may need to be explored to significantly lower emissions. As the nation’s eco anxieties rise , many wonder if we are moving forward towards the dawn of healthier tomorrow or immobilized in the midnight of our nation’s most pressing problems?

What lessons have the pandemic taught us across race, education, the economy and the environment? Join MSA this year at our annual conference as we explore People, places and the pandemic.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sacoby Wilson


Dr. Sacoby Wilson has 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-engaged research including crowd science and community-based participatory research (CBPR).

Dr. Wilson has been very active professionally to advance environmental justice science. He is a member of the USEPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of the National Academy of Science's Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), and Editor in Chief of Environmental Justice (University of Maryland School of Public Health).