BIPOC Climate and Energy Justice PhDs

This is the first ever mapping of BIPOC PhDs who focus on climate and energy justice.

Please note: All information is self-reported. If you find an error, please email climate@donorsofcolor.org to report it.

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Are you a BIPOC Climate and Energy Justice-focused PhD (within or outside of academia)?

Shalanda H. Baker
Northeastern University

Areas of Speciality:

energy justice, energy law and policy, indigenous rights, just transition

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

6

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Initiative for Energy Justice (which I co-founded and co-direct); Front and Centered, Reclaim Our Power Campaign

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Manuel Pastor
University of Southern California

Areas of Speciality:

Economics / Sociology

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

40

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

California Environmental Justice Alliance

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Diana Hernandez
Columbia University

Areas of Speciality:

Energy and housing as determinants of health

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

WE ACT

J. Mijin Cha
Occidental College & Cornell University

Areas of Speciality:

Labor/climate coalitions, just transition, climate policy, climate/environmental justice movements

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

CEJA, SCOPE

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Martha Matsuoka
Occidental College

Areas of Speciality:

environmental justice, equitable/just development, community-based research

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

50

Carlos Martín
Urban Institute

Areas of Speciality:

climate mitigation, climate adaptation, disaster policy, housing quality (inc. energy and water)

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

15

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Colette Pichon Battle (GCCLP), Zelalem Adefris and Mayra Cruz (Catalyst Miami), Amee Raval (APEN), Ángela Andrar (CJA), Lauren Alexander Augustine (NAS Gulf Research Program), Atyia Martin (All Aces), Sona Mohnot (Greenlining), Jacqueline Patterson (NAACP), Kandi White (Indigenous Environmental Network), Tiffany Eng (CEJA), Diana López (SWU), Dr. Tony Reames (UM UEJL), Dr. Diana Hernandez (Columbia U), Dr. Robert Bullard (TSU), Dr. Denae King (TSU)

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Georgetown University

Areas of Speciality:

Social/political philosophy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Raj Patel
The University of Texas, Austin

Areas of Speciality:

Food Systems

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

20

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Soils Food and Healthy Communities (Malawi)

Marccus D. Hendricks
University of Maryland

Areas of Speciality:

Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Climate Adaptation

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services and Charity Productions

Darien Alexander Williams
MIT

Areas of Speciality:

Urban Planning, EJ, Energy disaster

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

50

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Fight Toxic Prisons

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Nicola Ulibarri
University of California, Irvine

Areas of Speciality:

water and energy governance, infrastructure governance, climate change adaptation, collaborative governance

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Eric Tate
The University of Iowa

Areas of Speciality:

Social vulnerability to natural hazards

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

Ivis Garcia
The University of Utah

Areas of Speciality:

Asset based community development, housing, gentrification, disaster planning, evictions, homelessness, diversity, equity, and inclusion

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

20

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

ACSP Climate Action, Planners for Puerto Rico, Planners of Color Interest Group

Fayola Jacobs
University of Minnesota

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental planning

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

ACSP Climate Action, Planners for Puerto Rico, Planners of Color Interest Group

Charisma Acey
University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Speciality:

urban planning, equitable development, poverty alleviation, human right to water and sanitation, food justice, biogas and alternative household energy, wildfire vulnerability, environmental justice, public participation, community engaged research

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Jared Enriquez
University at Albany

Areas of Speciality:

climate-based relocation; disaster recovery; municipal climate action; water policy; ecological restoration

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Keston Perry
The University of the West of England

Areas of Speciality:

Climate justice; finance; racial capitalism; energy and development; climate policy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

45

Mennatullah Hendawy
Orient-Instiut Beirut, Max Webber Foundation

Areas of Speciality:

Urban planning, Justice, mediatization, Visual communication, power, theory building

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

000

Fushcia-Ann Hoover
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Areas of Speciality:

environmental justice, water, urban spaces, green infrastructure, black geographies

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Rachel Morello-Frosch
University of California, Berkeley; Sustainability and Health Equity Lab (S/HE Lab)

Areas of Speciality:

climate justice, environmental justice, environmental health science, epidemiology

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

20

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

CA EJ Alliance (Gladys Limon), Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Amee Raval), Community Water Center (Susanna DeAnda)

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Clara Irazabal
University of Maryland

Areas of Speciality:

community development, housing, Latinxs, Latin America

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

KC Tenants

Miriam Solis, PhD
University of Texas, Austin

Areas of Speciality:

infrastructure, water, climate justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

6

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Greenlining Institute, Austin Equity Office

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Kian Goh
University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Speciality:

Spatial politics of urban climate change responses, urban movements for climate justice, urban resilience, urban design justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

100

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), Damaris Reyes, dreyes@goles.org

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Vanessa Deane
New York University

Areas of Speciality:

political economy of disasters; climate justice; local governance

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Andrea Restrepo-Mieth
University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Speciality:

Water politics and planning, metropolitan environmental planning in the Global South

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

C.N.E. Corbin
Portland State University

Areas of Speciality:

Urban Political Ecology, Environmental Justice, Urban Greenlining/Sustainability/Resilience and Climate Change Policy and Practices

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome
Empowering a Green Environment & Economy, L.L.C.

Areas of Speciality:

public health, climate change,

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Kingdom Living Temple; Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change.

Tony G. Reames
University of Michigan

Areas of Speciality:

Energy Justice, Public Administration, Environmental Justice, Sustainability

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

30

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Developing energy efficiency and water conservation programs with Friends of Parkside in Detroit, a public housing community organization.

Michael Méndez
University of California, Irvine

Areas of Speciality:

Climate change, environmental justice, public policy, urban planning, sustainability, equity

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, California Environmental Justice Alliance

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Danielle Zoe Rivera
University of Colorado, Boulder; Just Environments Lab

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental justice; Climate justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

12

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, California Environmental Justice Alliance

Maxine Burkett
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Areas of Speciality:

Climate Change Law and Policy, Climate Justice, Climate Reparations Loss and Damage, Climate Migration, Climate Litigation, Climate Change and Colonialism

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

11

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, Jacqui Patterson; 350.org North America (climate reparations working group), Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Dr. Sacoby Wilson
University of Maryland

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, Environmental Health, Built Environment, citizen science, community science, community-based participatory research (CBPR), air pollution, climate change, exposure science, water quality monitoring, green infrastructure, geospatial tools, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs),

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

15

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

peer-reviewed publications on EJ only

Silvia Gonzalez
University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Speciality:

Climate planning, neighborhood effects, inequality, gentrification, displacement, drinking water access and justice..

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Transformative Climate Communities and displacement avoidance with Pacoima Beautiful, an EJ grassroots org in Los Angeles, CA

Garfield Hunter
University of Technology, Jamaica

Areas of Speciality:

Urban planning, social equity, climate justice, sustainability.

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Transformative Climate Communities and displacement avoidance with Pacoima Beautiful, an EJ grassroots org in Los Angeles, CA

Adrienne Hollis
Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental justice, climate justice, public health and toxicology

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

0

Ife Kilimanjaro
Independent Consultant

Areas of Speciality:

climate crisis (general), environmental justice, earth healing,

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

0

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

NAACP ECJ (Jacqui Patterson)

Michel Gelobter
Cooler

Areas of Speciality:

sustainability, climate, environmental justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

180

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

I wrote the first reports ever on climate and african-americans and climate and latinos in 2004. In doing so, we formed the environmental justice and climate change initiative that worked with all the major EJ networks. Tom Goldtooth at IEN was a major member. Since then, I've advised ej groups and researchers, but not written any reports in the area since then.

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Regan Patterson
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Areas of Speciality:

Air quality, transportation

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Ms. Margaret Gordon

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Robert D. Bullard
Texas Southern University

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental justice, climate justice, environmental racism, transportation, disasters, just recovery, environmental health, smart growth, sustainability, community resilience

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

100

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Co-Founder, HBCU Climate Change Consortium; Co-Chair, HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium; Co-Chair, National Black Environmental Justice Network

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Kartikeya Singh
SED Fund

Areas of Speciality:

Climate, Energy, Innovation

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Center for Diversity and the Environment

Dr MK Dorsey
Yale University

Areas of Speciality:

renewable energy; solar PV; energy finance; sustainability; climate change; climate justice; energy justice; environmental justice; environmental racism; STS; anthropology; forestry.

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

25

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

greenleadershiptrust.org/ Francisco Ollervides; http://www.verdenw.org/ - Alan Hipolito (former ED)

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Joseph W. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida

Areas of Speciality:

Food Sustainability and Security, Environmental Policy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Karen DeGannes
University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School

Areas of Speciality:

Renewable and distributed energy, equity & wildfire mitigation, asset management/infrastructure, utility asset sales, integrated renewable energy pilot design and implementation, corporate strategy, corporate risk analysis and management, just transition, climate mitigation and resilience, environmental and justice, ESG, corporate environmental sustainability, policy and program strategy for climate vulnerable communities, utility rate-design for climate sustainability, gas customer conversion pilots, workforce education and training for energy, corporate EJ and climate resilience grant-making, environmental sociology, justice and emergency management, utility regulatory proceedings, policy and legislative analysis, entrepreneurship.

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (CA) - Ms. Margaret Gordon, Co-Founder/Director,

Jacob Park
Castleton University

Areas of Speciality:

Sustainanbility management/climate justice & business

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Environmental leadership program (served as a Board member and serving as a senior fellow)

Dorceta E. Taylor
Yale School of the Environment

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental Justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

200

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

UPROSE, NAACP

Grace Ha
University of California, Davis

Areas of Speciality:

Marine ecology, Scalable solutions for climate work, Intersection of environmental justice and climate science

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Myron Williams
Clark Atlanta University

Areas of Speciality:

Plant microbe interactions, promotion of small-scale biofuel production

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

40

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Pan African Student Summit (PASS) 2011 & 2012 “The Sustainable Village I & II”

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Vernon Morris
Arizona State University

Areas of Speciality:

Atmospheric Aerosols, Atmospheric Chemistry, Air pollution/Air quality, Geosciences

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Pan African Student Summit (PASS) 2011 & 2012 “The Sustainable Village I & II”

Kim Waddell
University of South Carolina

Areas of Speciality:

ecology, natural resource management, natural hazard mitigation

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Leonardo Esteban Figue
The New School

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental Politics, Climate Politics, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies, Critical and Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Subaltern Approaches to Systemic Change

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

20

Erick Jones
University of Texas

Areas of Speciality:

energy systems; energy poverty; climate systems; mathematical programming

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Aradhna Tripati
University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Speciality:

Climate, environment, sustainability, geochemistry, conservation, stewardship, environmental justice, green science, earth science, ocean science, resilience, education

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

100

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Founder, Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, Founder Climate and Sustainability Innovation Center for Scientific and Social Transformation; co-producer - Storytelling As Medicine: The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science; Environmental Justice Working Group; Environmental Science Without Borders; No Time For Silence: A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color; Cultivating Leadership for Change and Justice in the Geosciences: A Virtual Workshop Series Sponsored by Geoscientists of Color and Allies

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Solomon Bililign
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Areas of Speciality:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Air Quality, Urban heat ,

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

12000

Mila Turner
Florida A&M University

Areas of Speciality:

environmental sociology, critical environmental justice, AA environmental history

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

100

Kari Fulton
Georgetown University

Areas of Speciality:

Climate justice, Regenerative economics, climate policy, community environmental justice education

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

115

Example of BIPOC-led Org. Worked With:

Climate Justice Alliance- Angela Adrar Green Door Initiative- Donele Wilkins

Jack Zhou
Climate Advocacy Lab; Duke University

Areas of Speciality:

Political communication, political psychology, political behavior, collective action, advocate and organizer training

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Fatemeh Shafiei
Spelman College

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental Justice/Climate Justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Destenie Nock
Carnegie Mellon University

Areas of Speciality:

Energy System Modeling and Planning, Energy Equity Metrics

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

Chandler Puritty
UC San Diego

Areas of Speciality:

Ecology / Intersectional Environmental Education, Blackness and STEM, Environment and Identity, Environmental Justice, Climate Change Biology, Climate Science Communication, De-colonial Science and Education, Environment and Spirituality

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

25

Gregory D. Goins, Ph.D.
North Carolina A&T State University

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental Biology

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

200

Raya Salter
Adjunct prof. of law (Fordham, Cardozo); NY Renews Policy Organizer

Areas of Speciality:

Energy and Climate Justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Linda Shi
Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning

Areas of Speciality:

Climate adaptation, climate (in) equity and (in) justice, land governance and policy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

9

Tracey Osborne
University of California, Merced

Areas of Speciality:

Climate Justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Zack Valdez
NIST

Areas of Speciality:

Biofuels, Science Policy, Advanced Manufacturing

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Frances Roberts-Gregory
Northeastern University; UC Berkeley

Areas of Speciality:

Feminist political ecology; gender and climate change; environmental, energy, and climate justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida
Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of Speciality:

Climate change, water resources, and justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Miriam Solis, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Speciality:

Environemntal justice, water infrastructure planning, education and workorce development

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Geeta Persad
The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Speciality:

Modeling global-scale interactions between climate change and air pollution

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

3

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Francisco Dóñez
US Environmental Protection Agency

Areas of Speciality:

Air pollution from heavy duty diesel equipment

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Suzanne Singer
Native Renewables

Areas of Speciality:

energy access/energy justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Juan Declet-Barreto
Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of Speciality:

hazards geography, GIS, urban heat islands, climate change vulnerability

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

0

Astrid Caldas
Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of Speciality:

Climate impacts, adaptation, and resilience

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Jennifer Taylor
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Areas of Speciality:

Sustainable Development, Participatory capacity building, Underserved small farm populations, organic farming systems/agroecology farm practices, wellbeing, policy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Josiah Hester
Northwestern University

Areas of Speciality:

Computer Engineering; Sustainable computing systems

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

20

V. Miranda Chase
Babson College

Areas of Speciality:

Climate Politics, Climate Justice, Environmental Politics, Amazon region, Indigenous and Traditional Communities, Latin American Politics, Political Economy

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Sikina Jinnah
UC Santa Cruz

Areas of Speciality:

Global Climate Governance, Climate Justice, Solar Geoengineering Governance

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Bindu Panikkar
The University of Vermont

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental health, Environmental Justice, Science, Technology and Society Studies

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1

Doris Oke
Northwestern University

Areas of Speciality:

Sustainable energy systems, low-carbon transportation fuels

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

4

Shumaila Bhatti
SUNY ESF

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental communication and participatory processes

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Adeniyi Asiyanbi
University of British Columbia - Okanagan

Areas of Speciality:

Climate Change Mitigation, Carbon Removal, Wildfires, Climate Justice

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Shangrila Joshi
The Evergreen State College

Areas of Speciality:

Climate and Environmental Justice; Political Ecology; South Asia

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Karen Bailey
University of Colorado Boulder

Areas of Speciality:

Social science, climate adaptation

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

8

Dr. Nirav S.Patel
Cornell and Rutgers University

Areas of Speciality:

FEW Nexus and UN Sustianable Development Goals

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

5

Prakash Kashwan
University of Connecticut

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental and Climate Justice; Global Climate Governance; Climate Geoengineering; Global Conservation; Human Rights

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

10

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Abigail N. Martin
University of Sussex

Areas of Speciality:

Political economy, political ecology, democratic politics & environmental justice in low-carbon energy transitions

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

2

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Isabel Carrera Zamanillo
Stanford University

Areas of Speciality:

DEI in higher education, food justice, community-based mapping

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

15

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Elly Rostoum
Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Speciality:

Energy & Environmental Security, Global Security Studies

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

40+

Esther Min
University of Washington

Areas of Speciality:

Environmental health, mapping, community-academic partnerships

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Example of Report from Work With BIPOC-led Org:

Marshall Shepherd
University of Georgia

Areas of Speciality:

Hydrometeorology, Urban Climate, Weather Extremes, Weather-Climate Risk and Vulnerability, Science Communication, DEI

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

Currently 0, but mentored 2 Black Males to PHD in recent years that changed numbers within our field.

Benjamin L Preston
RAND Corporation

Areas of Speciality:

Climate risk management

# of Students of Color in Program/Mentoring:

1