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Michael Méndez Interview

Professor Michael Méndez is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Méndez’s award-winning book, “Climate Change from the Streets,” published by Yale University Press, provides an analysis of the contentious politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy. He also recently published a new article in the journal of Geoforum, "The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants."

His twitter: @MikeMendezPhD .

Gabriella Sanchez Interview

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez is a sociocultural anthropologist. She is currently a visiting senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies: Migration and global order unit. She was previously a fellow at the Migration Policies Center of the European University Institute.

She is the author of Human Smuggling and Border Crossings published by Routledge in 2016. 

Megan Kate Nelson Interview

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian. She is an expert in the history of the American Civil War, the West, popular culture, and the 19th century more generally, and has written many articles about these topics.

Her most recent book (and the focus of this podcast interview) is The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native peoples in the Fight for the West.

The Three Cornered War was rated as one of Smithsonian Magazine‘s Top Ten History Books of 2020 as well as one of Civil War Monitor‘s Top Civil War Books of 2020.

Melissa Johnson and Emily Neimeyer Interview

Dr. Emily Neimeyer is an analytical chemist and professor of chemistry at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Her expertise includes the analysis of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds, as well as mass spectrometry. Dr. Melissa Johnson is a cultural anthropologist specializing in environmental issues and race and gender in the Caribbean. She is professor and chair of the anthropology department and the race and ethnicity studies program at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. They are the co-authors of the article Ambivalent Landscapes: Environmental Justice in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Springer, Human Ecology, 2008).

Other works mentioned in the interview:
Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize (Rutgers University Press, 2018) by Melissa Johnson.

Holly Karibo and George Diaz Interview

Dr. Holly Karibo is assistant professor of history at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of Sin City North: Sex, Drugs, and Citizenship in the Detroit-Windsor Borderland (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Dr. George T. Díaz is associate professor of history at The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande (University of Texas Press, 2015).

Dr. Karibo and Dr. Díaz are co-editors of the recent volume Border Policing: A History of Enforcement and Evasion in North America (University of Texas Press, 2020).

Amy Kohout Interview

Amy Kohout is an Assistant Professor of History at Colorado College. She works on American cultural and environmental history, and she was awarded a David J. Weber Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. With this award, Amy is currently working on her book manuscript which is tentatively titled “Taking the Field: Soldiers, Nature, and Empire on American Frontiers.”

Melanie K. Yazzie Interview

Melanie K. Yazzie is an assistant professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in Navajo and American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminism, queer Indigenous studies and theories of policing and the state. She also organizes with the Red Nation, a grassroots Native-run organization committed to the liberation of Indigenous people from colonialism and capitalism.

CJ Alvarez Interview

CJ Alvarez is Assistant Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He researches and teaches environmental history and the history of the U.S.-Mexico border. His book, Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide came out in October of 2019.


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