Dr. Shawn Trivette is a native of East Tennessee and is excited to be back in the region after many years away, living first in Massachusetts and then in Louisiana. He is a broadly trained sociologist, though his primary research interests focus on environmental sociology and social inequalities. In both his teaching and research, Dr. Trivette seeks to use the tools sociology provides toward solving the problems around us and making the world a better place for everyone. Dr. Trivette enjoys teaching courses ranging from Introduction to Sociology to the senior-capstone Research sequence, and a variety of topical courses in between. Whether his students are sociology majors or simply looking to fulfill a general education course, one of his favorite things is helping students understand the many insights the field of sociology offers to our understanding of the world. In his spare time, Dr. Trivette enjoys gardening, cycling, and taking his dog Abernathy on long hikes.