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Yvonne Braun

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, African Studies Program; Graduate Program Director (International Studies)
  • Phone: (541) 346-5752
  • Office: 318 Hendricks Hall
  • Office Hours: Spring 2015: Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00 and by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies, Humanities Program, Sociology
  • Interests: Research focuses on intersection of gender, development, environment, and globalization, with a specific focus on the social and socio-environmental consequences of a large-scale World Bank funded dam development project in Lesotho, Southern Africa.


  • Social Inequalities and Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Lesotho/Southern Africa/Africa
  • Development and Globalization
  • Qualitative Methods


Selected Journal Articles

Braun, Yvonne A. and Assitan Sylla Traore. Forthcoming. “Plastic Bags, Pollution, and Identity: Women and the Gendering of Globalization and Environmental Responsibility in Mali.” Gender & Society

Yvonne A. Braun and Leslie A. McLees. 2012. “Space, Ownership and Inequality: Economic Development and Tourism in the Highlands of Lesotho” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 1-15.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2011. “Left High and Dry: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Dams, and Development in Lesotho.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 13(2): 141-162.

This article won the Inaugural Enloe Award 2010 of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2011. “The Reproduction of Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and the Social Organization of Work at the Site of Large-Scale Development Projects.” Social Problems 58(2): 281-303.

Bell, Shannon E., and Yvonne A. Braun. 2010. “Coal, Identity, and the Gendering of Environmental Justice Activism in Central Appalachia.” Gender & Society 24 (6), December, 794-813.

This article was highlighted in Contexts, Summer 2011, a public outreach journal published by the American Sociological Association.

Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. 2010. “From Developmentalism to the HIV/AIDS Crisis: The Amplification of Women’s Rights in Lesotho.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 12(3): 464-483.

Reprinted 2011 in New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, edited by Dana Collins, Sylvanna Falcón, Sharmila Lodhia and Molly Talcott, Routledge Press.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2010. “Gender, large-scale development, and food insecurity in Lesotho: an analysis of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.” Gender & Development 18(3): 453-464.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2010. “Gender, Development, and Sex Work in Lesotho.” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 29(1): 78-96.

Tilt, Bryan, Yvonne A. Braun, and He Daming. 2009. “Social Impacts of Large Dam Projects: A Comparison of International Case Studies and Implications for Best Practice.”  Journal of Environmental Management 90: S249-S257.

Reprinted 2014 in Social Impact Assessment, edited by Frank Vanclay, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2008. “How Can I Stay Silent?”: One Woman’s Struggles for Environmental Justice in Lesotho.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 10(1) October: 5-20.

[Joint Special Issue with Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies]

Braun, Yvonne A. 2005. “Selling the River: Gendered Experiences of Resource Extraction and Development in Lesotho.” Research in Rural Sociology and Development 10: 373-96.

Braun, Yvonne A. 2005. “Resettlement and Risk: Women’s Community Work in Lesotho.” Advances in Gender Research 9: 29-60.

This article won the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Student Paper Award in 2005.


Edited Volume

  • Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Nicola Yeates and Yvonne A. Braun (equal authorship).  2012. Women’s Encounters with Globalization. Kolkata: Frontpage Publications. (222 pages)

Selected Book Chapters  (*Peer Reviewed, **Refereed, Peer Reviewed)

**Braun, Yvonne A. Forthcoming. “Interrogating Large-Scale Development and Inequality: Bridging Feminist Political Ecology, Intersectionality and Environmental Justice Frameworks.” In A Feminist Political Ecology of Water and Global Environmental Change, edited by Stephanie Buechler and Anne Marie Hanson, Routledge/Earthscan Press.

**Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. 2014. “Frames, Boomerangs, and Global Assemblages: Border Distortions in the Global Resistance to Dam Building in Lesotho” in Border Politics, Social Movements and Globalization edited by Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez, New York University Press.

*Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne A. Braun and Nicola Yeates (equal authorship). In production. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-19 in Women’s Encounters with Globalization, edited by Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne A. Braun and Nicola Yeates.  Kolkata: Frontpage Publications.

**Braun, Yvonne A. and Michael C. Dreiling. 2011. “From Developmentalism to the HIV/AIDS Crisis: The Amplification of Women’s Rights in Lesotho.” Pp. 172-191 in New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, edited by Dana Collins, Sylvanna Falcón, Sharmila Lodhia and Molly Talcott. NY: Routledge. This is a reprint of an article originally appearing in International Feminist Journal of Politics.

*Braun, Yvonne A. 2008. “The Promise of Feminist Political Ecology.” Pp. 204-220 in Understanding the Global Environment, edited by Samir Dasgupta. New Delhi, India: Pearson Education.

**Braun, Yvonne A. 2006. “Large Dams as Development: Restructuring Access to Natural Resources in Lesotho.” Pp. 151-171 in Globalization and the Environment. Edited by Andrew K. Jorgenson and Edward L. Kick. Leiden, NL: Brill Press.