Malin specializes in environmental and natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, focusing on the community impacts of resource extraction, energy production and environmental deregulation.
As an environmental sociologist, Malin’s main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio-environmental effects of market-based economies. She co-leads a Water Center Research Team project examining environmental justice issues among various water users in the Rio Grande Basin.
Malin is the author of “The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice” and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources.
Malin has served in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She holds affiliate faculty positions with the Colorado School of Public Health and the CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
Malin earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Truman State University in Missouri, and her master’s and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University in 2013.