Michael Courville

  • Lecturer in Sociology
  • M.A., M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information

Email: courvill@sonoma.edu
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084

Areas of Expertise:

Economy and Society, Organizational Theory, Rural Community Development, Comparative Social Policy, Collaborative Governance, Nonprofit Sector, Research Methods, and Social Movements.

Academic Interests:

Michael is most interested in dilemmas of community, policy, and economy—how people sort out the fair sharing of resources within places. His past research explored the dynamics of labor, social movements and community change in rural regions, with a particular interest in Latin America and the Central Valley of California. More recently, he has been examining forms of collaborative governance and the process of democratization taking place within both the nonprofit sector and social movements across the United States. Through his ongoing research and formal inquiry, Michael maintains a deep curiosity about the historical relationship among economy, society and human well-being.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 300.2 Sociological Research Methods

Selected Publications:

  • Wadsworth, Gail, Michael Courville and Mark Schenker. 2018. “Pay, Power and Health: HRI and the Agricultural Conundrum.” Labor Studies Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/0160449X18767749, pp. 1-22.
  • Courville, Michael, Gail Wadsworth and Mark Schenker. 2016. “‘We Just Have to Continue Working’: Farmworker Self-care and Heat-related Illness.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2016.062.014, pp. 143–164.
  • Courville, Michael. 2013. “Enhanced Planning: A Practice for Organizational Development and Growth.” Journal of the Management Information Exchange 27 no. 1 pp. 14-17.
  • Courville, Michael and Raj Patel. 2006. The Resurgence of Agrarian Reform in the Twenty-first Century. In Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform. eds. Peter Rosset, Raj Patel, and Michael Courville, 3-39. Oakland, CA: Food First Books.
  • Courville, Michael. 2004. "Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State: Path Dependence and Policy Diffusion. Junko Kato.," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 31:4, Article 20.