Lindsey Dillon
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department, Community Studies Program, Science & Justice Research Center
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  • Email
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  • Office Location Rachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 324
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 2-5pm
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Activism, Environmental Justice, Science and Technology, American Studies, Sustainability, California History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Courses Taught SOCY 105B Contemporary Social Theory, SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality, SOCY 259 Space and the Politics of Difference

Research Interests

Environmental Justice, Political Ecology, Spatiality and Power, Race and Racisms, Science and Technology Studies, U.S. Cities.



Déjà Vu at Interior and the EPA, Outside Magazine online, Link to article


Profile in Santa Cruz Sentinel on environmental activism in the Trump era, Link to article


Salon, "Trump's EPA: Who Cares About Environmental Racism?" Link to article


Interview with Ars Technica Live about the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, at Eli's Mile High Club, Oakland, CA, Link to video


UCSC News Center, "Rescuing Data and Shoring Up Environmental Agencies in the Trump Era," Link to article


CityLab, "How Environmental Justice Connects to Police Violence," Link to article


SF Examiner, "Police, Pollution Choking Lives in the Bayview" Link to article

Biography, Education and Training

2014 - Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

2003 - B.A., Politics with Honors, Oberlin College

Honors, Awards and Grants

2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award, Society for American Archivists (awarded to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)


2014-2016 UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Studies Program UC Davis


2014 Residential Research Group Fellowship, Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine, "Urban Ecologies"


2011-2012 Chancellor’s Public Fellow, Engaged Scholarship Program, UC Berkeley


2010-2012 Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley


2011 Research Grant, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley



Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Dillon, Lindsey. “Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense.” In Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island, Lynne Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia (eds), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.


Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. "Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability," with Julie Sze, for Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Julie Sze (ed), NYU Press (forthcoming)


Dillon, Lindsey. "Crossroads in San Francisco: The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory and its Afterlives," in Contested Expertise, Toxic Environments, Janet Brodie, Vivian Hamilton, and Brinda Sarathy (eds), University of Pittsburgh Press (forthcoming)


Refereed Journal Articles

Dillon, Lindsey, Dawn Walker, Nicholas Shapiro, Vivian Underhill, Megan Martenyi, Sara Wylie, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, and Phil Brown. "Environmental Data Justice and the Trump Administration: Reflections from Environmental Data and Governance Initiative." Environmental Justice.


Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. "Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in U.S. Cities," with Julie Sze, English Language Notes 54(2): 13-22.


Dillon, Lindsey. "War's Remains: Slow Violence and the Urbanization of Military Bases in California." Environmental Justice 8, no. 1 (2015): 1-5.


Dillon, Lindsey. "Race, waste, and space: Brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard." Antipode 46, no. 5 (2014): 1205-1221.


Other Publications

Environmental Data and Governance in the Trump Era, Social Science Research Council, published December 5, 2017

"Cleaning up Toxic Sites Shouldn't Clear Out the Neighbors," The Conversation, July 10, reprinted in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and

"Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration" (Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)

"The EPA Under Siege: Trump's Assault in History and Testimony" (Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)

Book Review of Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, by Dorceta Taylor, In Urban Studies 52 (1742-1745).

Book Review of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, by Rob Nixon, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. In Progress in Human Geography 36 (6).

Redevelopment and the Politics of Place in Bayview-Hunters Point”, ISSI Working Papers. Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley.

Teaching Interests

Environmental studies, Urban studies, Social Theory, Social Movements