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Dialogues with the Faculty, Alessandro Morosin (DePauw University) – Social Steps #06

Dialogues with the Faculty, Alessandro Morosin (DePauw University) – Social Steps #06 Social Steps

Environmental Sociology and Latin American studies are fascinating fields for those willing to investigate the intersection of environmental degradation and other social issues in one of the world’s most unequal regions. This interview with my guest, Professor Alessandro Morosin, inaugurates a new category in this Social Steps Podcast. I call this category “Dialogues with the Faculty”.

At the beginning of his career, professor Alessandro taught English as a Second Language in Los Angeles public schools, especially for adult migrants from Latin America. The curiosity in understanding what drives Hispanic people to migrate to the United States encouraged Alessandro to investigate this topic in graduate school, beginning what would become an involvement in Environmental Sociology and Latin American studies. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of California-Riverside, Professor Morosin taught one year at the University of San Diego (in California), and currently he teaches at DePauw University in Indiana. He is also a political activist and a member of Alarma, a latin alternative music band that advocates for social and environmental causes.

It is a pleasure to bring his unique perspective on how Environmental Sociology, Latin American studies, and music can help uplift humanity and address social problems.



  • Professor Alessandro Morosin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at DePauw University, and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside

Discussed topics:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:32 – Could the professor tell us about your personal and academic path? What was the biggest obstacle you overcame?
  • 07:24 – At the beginning of your studies at university, what motivated you to research Sociology and Latin American Studies?
  • 11:24 – Who motivated or influenced you to become a professor and researcher? Why did you choose these careers?
  • 17:13 – What are you currently researching?
  • 30:03 – What are the joys and pains of being a Sociology and Latin American studies professor and researcher? What do you like and which are the most challenging things about working in these careers?
  • 38:56 – Is there a difference in the students’ perception towards Sociology and Latin American studies (as an area of research) now than ten years ago?
  • 45:38 – Let’s imagine we have a listener who wants to investigate Environmental Sociology and Latin American studies. Which skills, books, movies, and/or documentaries would you recommend to that person?
  • 52:06 – You are also a musician! This experience inspires you to research Environmental Sociology and Latin American studies?

Professor Morosin’s work:


  • Morosin, Alessandro (2020). Comunalidad, Guendaliza’a and anti-mine mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Journal of Political Ecology, 27(1), 917-938;
  • Morosin, Alessandro (Forthcoming 2022). Paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico: Enforcing Accumulation in a Geo-Strategic Region. In Jasmin Hristov, Jeb Sprague-Silgado and Aaron Tauss eds., Paramilitary Groups and the State under Globalization: Political Violence, Elites, and Security. Routledge: London;
  • Morosin, Alessandro (Forthcoming 2022) Neglect, Dispossession, and Pacification: Three Mechanisms of Inequality Faced By Oaxaca’s Earthquake Survivors (Latin American Perspectives, special issue on Mexico).



Professor Alessandro’s recommendations:

  • Latin American Perspectives (scholarly journal and podcast);
  • Ya no estoy aquí by Fernando Frías de la Parra;
  • También la Lluvia by Icíar Bollaín;
  • The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo by Carlos Peréz Osorio.

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