Lindsey Dillon

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department,
Science & Justice Research Center
AffiliationsEnvironmental Studies Department
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OfficeRachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 324
Office HoursTuesdays 1:30-3:30pm and by appointment
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.


The Daily Californian, "Volunteers Join Together in an Era to Protect Federal Data," Link to article

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

Colorlines, "Read: Police Brutality is Part of the Environmental Justice Fight," 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

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


“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 Hawai’i Press.

“Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in US Cities,” with Julie Sze, in English Language Notes, Fall/Winter 2016

Refereed Journal Articles

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

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.

Selected Presentations

Invited Talks and Papers

"Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violation, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability," Urban Studies Group, University of California, San Diego (Colloquium Speaker, 2016)

“Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in US Cities,” with Julie Sze, for “Secure Sites” symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder (Presentation, 2016)   

“Toxic Waters: Sea Level Rise and Environmental Justice in Late Industrial San Francisco,” for Environments and Societies colloquium, University of California, Davis (Paper, 2016) 

“Soil Remediation and Sea Level Rise in San Francisco,” for “Toxic: A Symposium on Exposure, Entanglement, and Endurance”, Yale University (Presentation, 2016) 

“Green Debris: Byproducts of Sustainable Urbanism”, Sustainability Speaker Series, Department of Gender and Sexuality, UC Riverside (Colloquium Speaker, 2015)

“The Burden of the Bomb: Radiation Safety and Toxic Environments” for Symposium on Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments,” Claremont Colleges (Paper, 2015)

“Situating Sustainabilty in San Francisco, for "Technology and Democracy: Imagining and Designing Futures” workshop, at Stanford University, Program in Science, Technology, and Society" (Paper, 2015)

“Practicing Political Ecology: A Left Coast Workshop”, UC Berkeley (Panelist, 2015)   

“Weaponizing Nature: The Biopolitics of Military Base Cleanup”, Culture, Power, and Social Change interest group, Department of Anthropology, UCLA (Colloquium Speaker, 2015)

“Producing Waste, Producing Space” symposium; Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, Princeton University (Presentation, 2015)

“Can Your City Control An Atomic Accident? Nuclear Defense and Its Toxic Legacies in San Francisco, California Studies Association, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley (Public Lecture, 2014)   

“War’s Remains: Slow Violence and the Urbanization of Military Bases”; UC Davis, co-sponsored by the Geography Graduate Group, American Studies Program, and Militarization Studies Group (Colloquium Speaker, 2014)

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
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