Robin McDowell

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies

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Robin McDowell’s research explores historical dimensions of environmental racism and visions for environmental justice for Black communities. Through narratives of south Louisiana wetlands, sugar plantations, oil fields, and salt mines, her work demonstrates how racial, environmental, and economic encounters in these spaces created conditions of Black life that shaped and continue to shape the very foundations of North America.

Her interdisciplinary research methodology draws on archives, oral histories, earth sciences, design, multimedia art making, and experiences from years of grassroots community organizing in the Greater New Orleans area.


FREE THE LAND: Black Histories of Environmental Racism (AFAS L90 288)
Black Geographies: Space, Place, and Ecologies of Power (AFAS L90 474)