environmental justice

I was initially drawn to environmental justice because it brings together two of my great interests: nature and power. My work has sought to understand how capitalism, racism, and the state shape the environments of racially and economically differentiated populations and how communities mobilize to challenge such structures. Recently I have focused on the failure of the state to respond in a meaningful way to environmental racism as well as exploring why the environmental justice movement is so deeply invested in the state as a strategy. I have analyzed why the poisoning of Flint Michigan’s water should be seen as the result of racial capitalism, as well as why spectacular cases of regulatory failure in Los Angeles are examples of white supremacy. On the global level I have examined the racial dimensions of climate change. Next steps include analyzing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that potentially serve to co-opt environmental justice activists without actually reducing local hazards.