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Fall 2019: Canals and The Atlantic

Fall 2019

Canals and The Atlantic
Professor Emeritus

Garth Massey

Discipline: Sociology
University of Wyoming

Garth Massey lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a comparative sociologist who has taught courses in social theory, research methods, labor, social inequality, international development, ethnic conflict, and social change. Dr. Massey is a committed teacher and a strong believer in interdisciplinary studies. He has received numerous teaching awards and research grants to develop internationally-focused courses. The author of three books, he has written scholarly articles on topics as varied as agropastoralism in Somalia, women and work, affirmative action, social mobility and the communist party, obstacles to Native American employment, and the war in Yugoslavia.  Most recently, he worked with several American Indian tribes doing research in support of their legal challenges to voter suppression.

Professor Massey has been a visiting professor/scholar-in-residence at six universities on four continents, twice as a Fulbright Scholar. For many years Dr. Massey directed the International Studies Program and was professor of both international studies and sociology at the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Sheila Nyhus (herself a former faculty member in Women’s Studies and International Studies), have three sons: George, a math teacher in Portland; Elijah, who works with local farmers and small communities in Vermont; and Nathanael, a journalist and city editor at Spokane’s newspaper. Elijah did his study abroad across Asia and served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Nathanael’s study abroad was in Senegal, followed by a year in Tunisia and another in Lebanon. Sheila and he wanted their children to be citizens of the world, prompting them to make career decisions that allowed them to live abroad as a family: in Tanzania, Somalia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, England, and Australia. Professor Massey credits his global interests and thirst for international experiences to having grown up in small towns and working on farms and ranches, and as a roughneck in the oil fields. He felt certain that life had more to offer more than that, and it has.