Michael Carolan is a professor of sociology and associate dean of research and graduate affairs for the College of Liberal Arts. He has published over 200 peer review articles and chapters. His areas of expertise include environmental and agricultural law and policy, environmental sociology, the sociology of food systems and agriculture, and the sociology of technology and scientific knowledge. He also dabbles in social theory.
He has published the following books: A Sociological Look at Biofuels: Understanding the Past/Prospects for the Future (2010); Decentering Biotechnology: Assemblages Built and Assemblages Masked (2010); Embodied Food Politics (2011); The Real Cost of Cheap Food (2011; second edition 2018); The Sociology of Food and Agriculture (2012 1st ed/2016 2nd ed); Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues (2013 1st ed/2016 2nd ed); Reclaiming Food Security (2013); Cheaponomics: The High Cost of Low Prices (2014); Food Utopias: Reimagining Citizenship, Ethics and Community (2015 with Paul Stock and Chris Rosin); Biological Economies: Experimentation and the Politics of Agrifood Frontiers (2016; with Richard LeHeron, Hugh Campbell, and Nick Lewis); and No One Eats Alone: Food as Social Enterprise (2017). He has the following book under contract: The Food Sharing Revolution:How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops are Changing the Way We Eat (late 2018). Carolan is also co-editor of the Journal of Rural Studies, associate editor of the journal Society and Natural Resources and associate editor of the journal Sustainability.
Additionally, Carolan regularly writes pieces for public audiences, as he works to bridge the town-gown divide. His pieces regularly appear in such outlets as The Conversation, Bloomberg, Market Watch, Mental Floss, Business Insider, Alternet, World Economic Forum, Houston Chronicle, Bangor Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post, Popular Science, The Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, The Independent, Market Watch, Scroll.in and New Food Economy. He also routinely makes radio and television appearances around the world, having been featured on the popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation) program Ideas, NPR, Radio New Zealand and TVNZ-One (TV New Zealand).