Dr. Kyle Knight

chair, associate Professor, SOCIOLOGY Department


Kyle Knight earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Washington State University. As an environmental sociologist, Dr. Knight uses quantitative cross-national data to investigate such issues as environmental sustainability, environmental concern, resource consumption, and climate change. His research has been published in a number of academic journals, including Sociological Forum, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, Society and Natural Resources, Global Environmental Change, and Population and Environment.

Dr. Kyle Knight's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Washington State University, 2012
  • M.A., Sociology, Washington State University, 2008
  • B.B.A., Marketing, University of Texas at Arlington, 2006

Classes Taught

Awards & Honors

  • James F. Short, Jr. Research Award, Department of Sociology, WSU, 2010
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Fellowship, Thomas S. Foley Institute, WSU, 2010


  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for Human Ecology
  • Southern Sociological Society


  • 2018 Knight, Kyle W. (Forthcoming). “Does Fossil Fuel Dependence Influence Public Awareness and Perception of Climate Change? A Cross-National Investigation.” International Journal of Sociology (Invited contribution to special issue on “CO2 Impact and Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors”)
  • 2018 Knight, Kyle W. “Environmental Sociology” in Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science, edited by Ellen Wohl. New York: Oxford University Press, July 24, 2018. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199363445-0100 (Invited)
  • 2017 Knight, Kyle W., Juliet B. Schor, and Andrew K. Jorgenson. “Wealth Inequality and Carbon Emissions in High-Income Countries.” Social Currents. 4(5):403-412.
  • 2016 Knight, Kyle W. “Public Awareness and Perception of Climate Change: A Quantitative Cross-National Study.” Environmental Sociology, 2(1):101-113.
  • 2016 Jorgenson, Andrew K., Juliet B. Schor, Kyle W. Knight, and Xiaorui Huang. “Domestic Inequality and Carbon Emissions in Comparative Perspective.” Sociological Forum, 31(SI):770-786.
  • 2014 Knight, Kyle W. “Temporal Variation in the Relationship between Environmental Demands and Well-Being: A Panel Analysis of Developed and Less-Developed Countries.” Population and Environment, 36(1):32-47.
  • 2014 Knight, Kyle W. and Juliet B. Schor. “Economic Growth and Climate Change: A Cross-National Analysis of Territorial and Consumption-Based Emissions in High-Income Countries.” Sustainability, 6(6):3722-3731. (Invited contribution to special issue on “Environment in Sustainable Development”)
  • 2014 Chen, Chien-fei and Kyle Knight. “Energy at Work: Social Psychological Factors Affecting Energy Conservation Intentions within Chinese Electric Power Companies.” Energy Research and Social Science, 4:23-31.
  • 2013 Knight, Kyle W., Eugene A. Rosa, and Juliet B. Schor. “Could Working Less Reduce Pressures on the Environment? A Cross-National Panel Analysis of OECD Countries, 1970-2007.” Global Environmental Change, 23(4):691- 700.
  • 2013 Hummel, Diana, Susana Adamo, Alex de Sherbinin, Laura Murphy, Rimjhim Aggarwal, Leo Zulu, Jianguo Liu, and Kyle Knight.“ Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: A review and appraisal.” Population and Environment, 34(4): 481-509.
  • 2013 Knight, Kyle W., Eugene A. Rosa, and Juliet B. Schor. “Reducing Growth to Achieve Environmental Sustainability: The Role of Work Hours.” Pp, 187-204 in Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Robert Pollin (Eds.), Capitalism on Trial: Explorations in the Tradition of Thomas Weisskopf. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 2013 Knight, Kyle W. and Soren Newman. “Organic Agriculture as Environmental Reform: A Cross-National Investigation.” Society and Natural Resources, 26(4):369-385.
  • 2012 Knight, Kyle W. and Eugene A. Rosa. “Household Dynamics and Fuelwood Consumption in Developing Countries: A Cross-National Analysis.” Population and Environment, 33(4):365-378.
  • 2012 Knight, Kyle W. and Benjamin L. Messer. “Environmental Concern in Cross- National Perspective: The Effects of Affluence, Environmental Degradation, and World Society.” Social Science Quarterly, 93(2):521-537.
  • 2011 Knight, Kyle W. and Eugene A. Rosa. “The Environmental Efficiency of Well-Being: A Cross-National Analysis.” Social Science Research, 40:931- 949.