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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and a Faculty Project Lead at the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic. 

I completed a Ph.D in Environmental Politics and African American Studies at Duke University. I earned a B.A. in English and Political Science from Vassar College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 


My current research traces the roots of contemporary environmental conditions in the U.S. South, specifically in Black towns dating back to the post-Bellum era. I've also written about the legal dimensions of environmental justice and equity in food systems.


 I am the former Race and Place Editor editor at Scalawag, a magazine devoted to Southern politics and culture, and the former Board Chair of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Inside Climate News. 

Photo by Anna Carson Dewitt
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