Research

Diné Environmental Politics  Standing Rock/NoDAPL  Eastern North Carolina

I am continuing my longstanding affiliation with environmental justice groups in North Carolina with a 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholar Award from AppState. This grant enables me to begin a new collaboration with my colleague Dr. Rebecca Witter (Dept. of Sustainable Development) and a network of EJ activists in the eastern part of the state, building on my relationships there since 2003. Our work is focused in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of the state and considers how decades of EJ struggles against toxic wastes resulting from energy and industrial agriculture in each of these locations has generated emerging forms of disaster resilience and anti-racist environmental projects. Our project partners with the global Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography and the statewide North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. It also involves a strong pedagogical component as Rebecca and I will co-teach an Environmental Justice course at AppState in Fall 2020, integrating our students into this new research project.