Michael Restivo

Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair
Bailey Hall 206A
(585) 245-6210

Michael Restivo has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014.


Michael Restivo

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 - 1:30 pm

    (or by appointment)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University

  • M.A., Stony Brook University


  • Marion Harper, Jamie M. Sommer, Michael Restivo, and John M. Shandra. 2024. “India, Repression, and Ecologically Unequal Exchange of Wood: A Cross-National Analysis of Forest Loss” Sociology of Development (forthcoming)

  • Jamie M. Sommer, Michael Restivo, and John M. Shandra. 2023.“Corruption and Palm Oil in a Cross-National Perspective: How India Contributes to Forest Loss in Peripheral Nations.” Journal of South Asian Development 1-29. doi:10.1177/09731741231182754

  • Jamie M. Sommer, Michael Restivo, and John M. Shandra. 2023. “Connecting Bureaucratic Structures to Forest Loss.” Sociology of Development 1-21. doi:10.1525/sod.2022.0018


  • Environmental sociology
  • Political ecology
  • Deforestation
  • Peer production
  • Wikipedia



  • SOCL 100: Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts, principles, and major areas of sociology. Topics include the nature of society, social organizations, and major social institutions.

  • SOCL 211: Statistics for Social Research

    Data presentation, descriptive statistical analysis, and basic inferential techniques. Theoretical and methodological issues, as well as statistical applications, are studied. Students are trained to develop quantitative analysis skills and an ability to use statistics in social science disciplines and day-to-day life.