Lindsey Dillon

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
AffiliationsEnvironmental Studies Department,
Community Studies Program,
Science & Justice Research Center
Web Site Personal Webpage
Environmental Data and Governance Initiative
OfficeRachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 324
Office HoursTuesdays 2-5pm
Campus Mail StopRachel Carson College Faculty Services
Mail1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, California
Lindsey Dillon

Research Interests

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



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 Berkeley2011 Research Grant, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley



Selected Publications

Book Chapters

“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.


"Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability," with Julie Sze, for Sustainability Now! Sustainability How? Situating Sustainabilities Through Interdisciplinary and Social Justice Perspetives. Julie Sze (ed), NYU Press (forthcoming)


"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

2016 "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.


2015 “War’s Remains: Slow Violence and the Urbanization of Military Bases in California”, Environmental Justice 8(1): 1-5.


2014 “Waste, Race, and Space: Brownfield Redevelopment and Environmental Justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard,” Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography 46 (5):1205-1221.


Other Publications

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

2017 "The EPA Under Siege: Trump's Assault in History and Testimony," Christopher Sellers et al and The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

2016 “Race and Place in San Francisco,” Place and Culture: The Newsletter of the Cultural Geography Speciality Group of the American Association of Geographers (Spring)

2015 “Geographies of Sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Area” with Miriam Greenberg, American Association of Geographers Newsletter (September)

2015 Review of Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, by Dorceta Taylor, In Urban Studies 52 (1742-1745).

2015 “Waste Conversion and Environmental Justice in California,” with Tracy Perkins, “Critical Sustainabilities: Analyzing Competing Discourses of Urban Development in California” (digital publication), University of California, Santa Cruz.

2013 “Waste to Energy”, The Discard Studies Compendium, Michele Acuto, Max Liboiron, and Robin Nagle (eds).

2011 Review of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, by Rob Nixon, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. In Progress in Human Geography 36 (6).

2011 “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

Courses Taught

SOCY 105B Contemporary Social Theory
SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality
SOCY 259 Space and the Politics of Difference