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Dr. John O'Sullivan

Title: Professor
Phone: 678-717-3795

Office: Strickland 157, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Studies, Human Ecology, Civic Literacy, Sociology of Change, Sociology of Education


  • Ph.D., Social Foundations, Cultural Studies & Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1997
  • Ed.S., Guidance & Counseling, West Georgia College, 1993
  • M.A., Psychology, West Georgia College, 1992
  • B.A., Psychology, West Georgia College, 1990
  • A.S., Criminal Justice, West Georgia College, 1987

Research/Special Interests

Dr. O’Sullivan has special interests in demography, population trends, the cognitive problems of science, shifting cultural values, democratic structures of problem solving, sustainability, social change, climate change, pollution, sustainable energy, and eco-literacy. 

Work Experience

Dr. O’Sullivan started the first environmental studies classes here in the institute.  He has been involved in the environmental movement for 20 years.  Before returning to Georgia in 2000, he taught social theory, human ecology and environmental sociology at Delta State University. 

He also taught at the University of North Carolina all during his doctorate.  Previously he has also lived and worked in Greensboro NC, Boston MA, Kinderhook, NY, and Amsterdam the Netherlands and worked as a psychometrist, a counselor, and directed a college counseling center. 

Personal Information

He likes to travel, read, swim, and meet new people.  He lives happily with his wife in Gainesville.  

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