by Clare Doyle, OTH

This issue of OTH Bookshelf comprises over 120 academic open access titles in the areas of environmental and ecology studies, focusing on books that would be of most interest and value to HSS scholars and students. 

The OTH list includes the book’s author or editor names, title and title remainder, year of publication, publisher, and open access format (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, etc.) Subject headings in the list are taken from WorldCat records, if available: if not, original cataloging of subject headings is provided in WorldCat format, for consistency. The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the book is given if it is available on the publisher’s website; if not, the URL is provided. The ISBNs listed are for the online version of the book if available, and if more than one online ISBN is available the ISBN for the PDF version has been preferred; if there is no online or e-book ISBN, the ISBN featured on the publisher’s website is included. The book’s license type (Creative Commons, etc.) is included if this has been provided by the publisher.

The OTH Bookshelf: Ecology and Environmental Studies lists titles from some 40 publishers: if our readers are aware of any title or publishers that are not included, please feel free to submit them for consideration. To be included in OTH Bookshelf, a book must be available to read online and/or download for free and must have been assigned an ISBN.

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TitleYearAuthor 1 LastAuthor 1 FirstEditor 1Author 2 LastAuthor 2 FirstEditor 2Author 3 LastAuthor 3 FirstEditor 3PublisherFormatISBNEditionSubject 1Subject 2Subject 3DOI or URLLicense
Environmental Groups and Legal Expertise: Shaping the Brexit Process2021AbbotCarolynLeeMariaUCL PressPDF978-1-78735-858-4Environmental law -- Europe.Green movement -- Europe.European Union -- Great Britain. Commons 4.0 International licence
A People’s Green New Deal2021AjlMaxPluto PressEPUB9781790000000Environmental policy -- United StatesGreen New DealEnvironmentalism -- United States Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Indigenous People and Protected Spaces of Nature2021AnderssonRani-HenrikeditorCothranBoydeditorKekkiSaarieditorHelsinki University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-952-369-059-2Indigenous peoples.Nature conservation.Protected areas Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World2020AnkerPederCambridge University PressPDF9781110000000Environmentalism -- Social aspects -- Norway.Environmentalism -- Political aspects -- Norway.Climatic changes. Core Terms of Use
Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement2017AvenellSimonUniversity of Hawai'i PressPDF9780820000000Green movement—Japan—History.Environmentalism—Japan—HistoryEnvironmental protection—Japan—History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet2018BaumanWhitney A.punctum booksPDF978-1-947447-32-5Human ecology -- Religious aspects.Queer theory10.21983/P3.0194.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City2016BielRobertUCL PressPDF9781910000000Food supplyUrban agricultureFood security Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Repurposing the Green Belt in the 21st Century2020BishopPeterUCL PressPDF9781790000000Greenbelts -- Great Britain. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History2017BockingStepheneditorMartinBradeditorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-856-3Canada, Northern -- Environmental conditions.Arctic regions -- Environmental conditions.Human ecology -- History. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis2021BohmSteffeneditorSullivanSianeditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML9781800000000Climate change mitigation.Globalization -- Environmental aspects.Sustainable development.10.11647/OBP.0265Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Environmental Alterities2021BonelliCristobaleditorWalfordAntoniaeditorMattering PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-1-912729-14-2Environmental sociology.Environmental ethics.Environmentalism -- Citizen participation Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Signs of Water: Community Perspectives on Water, Responsibility, and Hope2022BoschmanRoberteditorJakubecSonya L.editorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-77385-236-2Water conservationWater-supply -- Management.Water -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Damming Grand Canyon: The 1923 USGS Colorado River Expedition2007BoyerDiane E.WellsRobert H.Utah State University PressPDF9780870000000Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Description and travel.Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Description and travel.Water resources development -- Arizona -- Grand Canyon -- History -- 20th century. Commons By Attribution License
Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel2018BrackeAstridBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4742-7114-1Climatic changes in literature.Ecology in literature.English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History2016BradleyBeneditorYoungJayeditorCoatesColin M.editorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-861-7Transportation -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History.Tourism -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History.Canada -- Environmental conditions -- History. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Global Warming in Local Discourses: How Communities around the World Make Sense of Climate Change2020BrüggemannMichaeleditorRodderSimoneeditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML9781800000000Global environmental change -- Case studiesSocial impact of environmental issues.10.11647/OBP.0212Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Contextualizing Disaster2016ButtonGregory V.editorSchullerMarkBerghahn BooksPDF978-1-78920-477-3Natural disasters -- Social aspects.Natural disasters -- Press coverage.Political ecology. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Contemporary Fiction and Climate Uncertainty: Narrating Unstable Futures2022CaraccioloMarcoBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3502-3390-4Climatic changes in literature.Ecology in literature.Fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy2021CarrollWilliam K.editorAthabasca University PressEPUB, PDF9781770000000Energy policy -- Canada.Oil sands industry -- Environmental aspects -- Canada.Corporate power -- Canada. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology2019CastilloDaniel PatrickOrbis BooksPDF9781610000000EcotheologyLiberation theology. rights reserved
Civil Rights and the Environment in African-American Literature, 1895–19412017ClabornJohnBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-0944-8Environmentalism in literature.Civil rights in literature.American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing2019ClappertonjonathaneditorPiperLizaeditorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-77385-006-1Environmentalism -- Case studies.Indigenous peoples -- Politics and government -- Case studies. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America2016ColettaMichelaeditorRaftopoulosMalaynaeditorUniversity of London PressPDF978-1-908857-81-1Environmental policy -- Latin America.Environmental protection -- Latin America.Climatic changes -- Government policy -- Latin America. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change:2014CollingsDavidOpen Humanities PressPDF978-1-60785-314-5Human beings -- Effect of climate on.Climatic changes -- Social aspects.Climatic changes -- Political aspects. Commons By Attribution Share Alike License
The Comstocks of Cornell: John Henry Comstock and Anna Botsford Comstock2019ComstockAnna BotsfordHerrickGlenn W.editorSmithRuby GreeneditorCornell University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Naturalists/BiographyComstock, Anna Botsford, -- 1854-1930.Comstock, John Henry, -- 1849-1931. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology2014ConradieErnst M.Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-0-567-06617-6Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity.Ecotheology10.5040/9780567659613Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota, 1958-20182020ConwayKyleeditorThe Digital Press at the University of North DakotaPDF978-1-7345068-4-6Petroleum industry and trade -- North Dakota.Hydraulic fracturing -- Environmental aspects.Oil fields -- North Dakota. Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Workers and Dissent in the Redwood Empire1987CornfordDaniel A.Temple University PressPDF9781440000000Redwood (Wood)Forests and forestry -- California.Lumbermen -- Labor unions -- California -- Humboldt County -- History. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 United States License
Understanding the Global Energy Crisis2014CoyleEugene D.SimmonsRichard A.Purdue University PressPDF9781560000000Energy consumption.Renewable energy sources.Energy policy Commons Attribution 4.0
Global Carbon Pricing:The Path to Climate Cooperation2017CramtonPetereditorMIT PressPDF9780260000000Greenhouse gas mitigationEnvironmental impact charges.Carbon taxes Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Pacific Climate Cultures : Living Climate Change in Oceania2018CrookTonyRudiak-GouldPeterDe Gruyter Open PolandEPUB, PDF9783110000000Climatic changes -- Islands of the Pacific.Climatic changes -- Oceania. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 Licence
Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-truth Age2020DaviesThomeditorMahAliceeditorManchester University PressPDF9781530000000Environmental justice.Environmental policy -- Citizen participation. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Hydrohumanities: Water Discourse and Environmental Futures2021De WolffKimeditorFalettiRina C.editorLopez-CalvoIgnacioeditorUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-38046-2Hydrology -- Environmental aspects.Water-supply -- Environmental aspects.10.1525/luminos.115Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Theology and Ecology across the Disciplines: Our Care for Our Common Home2018Deane-DrummondCeliaeditorArtinian-KaiserRebeccaeditorBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-0-5676-7275-9Nature -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.Ecotheology Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Water and Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Rivers, 1900–19412016DeverellWilliamSittonTomUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-96597-3Water-supply -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century.Rivers -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development2020DubashNavroz K.editorOxford University PressPDF978-0-19-909839-2Climate change mitigation -- India.Environmental policy -- India. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West2018EllisJimeditorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-999-7Water-supply -- Social aspects -- Alberta.Right to water -- Alberta.Water conservation -- Alberta. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Ecologies2019ErnstsoHenrikeditorSorlinSverkereditorMIT PressPDF9780260000000Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Case studies.Urbanization -- Environmental aspects -- Case studies.Sociology, Urban -- Philosophy. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Plastic Legacies: Pollution, Persistence, and Politics2021FarrellyTrisiaeditorTaffelSyeditorShawianeditorAthabasca University PressEPUB, PDF9781770000000Plastics -- Environmental aspects.Plastics -- Social aspects.Plastic scrap -- Environmental aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Climate Change and Poverty: A New Agenda for Developed Nations2014FitzpatrickTonyPolicy PressPDF978-1447300861Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Developed countries.Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Developed countries.Poverty -- Environmental aspects -- Developed countries. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Hard Water: Politics and Water Supply in Milwaukee, 1870-19952001Foss-MollanKatePurdue University PressPDF9781610000000Water-supply -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History. Commons Attribution 4.0
Inuit, Polar Bears, and Sustainable Use: Local, National and International Perspectives2009FreemanMilton M.R.editorFooteA. LeeeditorUniversity of Alberta PressPDF978-1-77212-190-2Polar bearInuit -- Hunting.Wildlife management -- Government policy -- Canada, Northern.
Climate Change Scepticism: A Transnational Ecocritical Analysis2019GarrardGregBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-5703-6Climatic changes -- Public opinion.Climatic changes -- Public opinion.Climatic changes -- Political aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Maritime Poetics: From Coast to Hinterland2021GeeGabriel N.editorWiedmerCarolineeditortranscript verlagPDF978-3-8394-5023-9Port citiesSea Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Cities and Wetlands: The Return of the Repressed in Nature and Culture2016GiblettRodBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4742-6984-1Wetland ecologyCities and towns -- Environmental aspects.Wetlands Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Georges River Blues: Swamps, Mangroves and Resident Action, 1945–19802022GoodallHeatherAustralian National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781760000000Estuarine ecology -- Australia -- New South Wales.Georges River (Sutherland Shire, N.S.W.) -- Environmental conditions. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Landscape of Desire: Identity and Nature in Utah's Canyon Country2003GordonGregUtah State University PressPDF9780870000000Natural history -- Utah.Landscapes -- Utah.Gordon, Greg, -- 1963- -- Travel -- Utah. Commons By Attribution License
The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape2016GrafHeikeeditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML9781780000000Mass media and the environment.Environmentalism in mass media.Environmental activism10.11647/OBP.0096Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
The Search for a Common Language: Environmental Writing and Education2005GraulichMelodyCrumbleyPaulUtah State University PressPDF978-0-87421-612-7Environmental writingEnvironmentalism and educationCommunication in the environmental sciences. Commons By Attribution License
Vital Reenchantments: Biophilia, Gaia, Cosmos, and the Affectively Ecological2019GreysonLaurenpunctum booksPDF978-1-950192-07-6Ecology -- Philosophy.Nature -- Effect of human beings onNature conservation -- Philosophy.10.21983/P3.0240.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
Surveying Climate-Relevant Behavior: Measurements, Obstacles, and Implications2022HadlerMarkusPalgrave MacmillanEPUB, PDF978-3-030-85796-7Climatic changes -- Social aspectsHuman ecology -- Study and teaching.Sociology -- Methodology. Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Mosquitopia: The Place of Pests in a Healthy World2021HallMarcuseditorTamirDaneditorTaylor & Francis GroupEPUB9781000000000Mosquitoes -- Control -- Environmental aspects.Natural history -- PhilosophyMosquitoes as carriers of disease. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 Licence
Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue2018HansonLorelei L.Athabasca University PressEPUB, PDF978-1-77199-216-9Climatic changes—Government policy—Alberta—Citizen participationClimatic changes—Social aspects10.15215/aupress/7981771992152.01Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Water in Times of Climate Change: A Values-driven Dialogue2021HasselaarJan JorriteditorUmkerElisabetheditorAmsterdam University PressEPUB, PDF9789050000000Water-supply -- Management.Water -- Religious aspects. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence
Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship2016HeasleyLynneeditorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-897-6Water-supply -- Canada -- Management.Water-supply -- United States -- Management.Canadian-American Border Region. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Environmental Turn in Postwar Sweden: A New History of Knowledge2021HeidenbladDavid LarssonLund University PressPDF978-91-985577-4-9Environmentalism -- SwedenSocial impact of environmental issues -- Sweden Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Creatures of Habitat: The Changing Nature of Wildlife and Wild Places in Utah and the Intermountain West2001HengesbaughMark GerardUtah State University PressPDF9780870000000Habitat (Ecology) -- Utah.Animals -- Utah.Habitat (Ecology) -- Great Basin. Commons By Attribution License
The Resistance Dilemma: Place-Based Movements and the Climate Crisis2021HobergGeorgeMIT PressPDF9780260000000Environmentalism -- North America -- Citizen participation.Climate change mitigation -- North America.Climatic changes -- Government policy -- North America. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Cooling Down: Local Responses to Global Climate Change2022HoffmanSusanna MeditorEriksenThomas HyllandeditorMendesPauloeditorBerghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-80073-298-8Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Case studies.Climatic changes -- Effect of human beings on. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Addressing the Climate Crisis: Local action in theory and practice2022HowarthCandiceeditorLaneMattheweditorSlevinAmandaeditorPalgrave MacmillanEPUB, PDF978-3-030-79739-3Environmental policy.Climate change mitigationSustainable development. Commons 4.0 International licence
Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene2019HoweCymeneDuke University PressPDF9781480000000Renewable energy sources -- Mexico -- Tehuantepec, Isthmus of.Energy development -- Political aspects.Wind power -- Mexico -- Tehuantepec, Isthmus of. Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity2017HughesDavid McDermottDuke University PressPDF9780820000000Energy industries -- Environmental aspects.Petroleum industry and trade -- Moral and ethical aspects.Moral and ethical aspects. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation2016IovinoSerenellaBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4725-7166-3Ecocriticism -- Italy.Nature in literatureEnvironmentalism -- Italy Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times2018IvakhivAdrianpunctum booksPDF978-1-947447-8-75. DOIEnvironmental psychology.Nature -- Effect of human beings onGeology, Stratigraphic -- Anthropocene10.21983/P3.0211.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
Baffin Island: Field Research and High Arctic Adventure, 1961-672016IvesJack D.University of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-831-0Arctic regions -- Research -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.Ives, Jack D. -- Travel -- Nunavut -- Baffin Island. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International
The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress2020JaccardMarkCambridge University PressPDF9781110000000Environmentalism -- Citizen participationClimatic changes -- Government policy.Energy policy Core Terms of Use
Blue Ridge Parkway: The First 50 Years1985JolleyHarley E.BlakeWilliam A.illustratorAppalachian Consortium PressEPUB, PDF9780910000000Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.) -- History. Commons Attriubtion 3.0 United States License
Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Human Ecology in the Arctic2009KassamKarim-Aly SUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-293-6Human ecology -- Arctic regions.Biodiversity conservation -- Arctic regions.Indigenous peoples -- Arctic regions. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported
The Politics of Rights of Nature: Strategies for Building a More Sustainable Future2021KauffmanCraig M.MartinPamela L.MIT PressPDF9780260000000Environmental policy.Rights of natureEnvironment -- Law and legislation Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Rivers of the Anthropocene2017KellyJason M.editorUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-96793-9Rivers -- Environmental aspects.Human ecology Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Sustainability Matters: Prospects for a Just Transition in Calgary, Canada’s Petro-City2021KeoughNoelGitterGeoffUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-77385-250-8Sustainable urban development -- Alberta -- Calgary.City planning -- Environmental aspects -- Alberta -- Calgary.Sustainable living -- Alberta -- Calgary. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
A Perfect Storm in the Amazon Wilderness: Success and Failure in the Fight to Save an Ecosystem of Critical Importance to the Planet2007KilleenTimothy J.White Horse PressPDF9781930000000Amazon River Region -- Conservation.Pé-de-Gigante Cerrado (Brazil) -- Conservation.Integración de la Estructura Regional de Sudamérica (Project) Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Politics and the Environment in Eastern Europe2021KovacsEszter KrasznaieditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML978-1-80064-134-1Environmental policy -- Europe, EasternEurope, Eastern -- Politics and government - 21st century10.11647/OBP.0244Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Advancing Environmental Education Practice2020KrasnyMarianne E.Cornell University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Environmental education -- Social aspects. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Delta Life: Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea2021KrauseFranzeditorHarrisMarkeditorBerghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-80073-416-6Deltas -- Environmental aspects.Ethnology Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Situating Sustainability: A Handbook of Contexts and Concepts2021KriegC. ParkereditorToivanenReetaeditorHelsinki University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-952-369-051-6Sustainability -- International cooperation.Environmental policy. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Bodies in Protest: Environmental Illness and the Struggle Over Medical Knowledge1997Kroll-SmithSteveeditorFloydH. HughNYU PressHTML9780810000000Environmentally induced diseases.Allergy and Immunology10.18574/nyu/9780814749234.001.0001Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Nerd Ecology: Defending the Earth with Unpopular Culture2018LioiAnthonyBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4725-6765-9Environmental sociology.Ecology in popular cultureEcology in literature10.5040/9781474219730Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Exploring Desert Stone: John N. Macomb's 1859 Expedition to the Canyonlands of the Colorado2010MadsenSteven K.Utah State University PressPDF978-0-87421-707-0Geological surveys -- Four Corners Region -- History -- 19th century.Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Discovery and exploration.Macomb, J. N. -- (John N.), -- 1810 or 1811-1889 -- Travel -- Four Corners Region. Commons By Attribution License
Life, Fish and Mangroves: Resource Governance in Coastal Cambodia2012MarschkeMelissaUniversity of Ottowa PressPDF9780780000000Natural resources -- Co-management -- Cambodia.Natural resources -- Government policy -- Cambodia.Fishery co-management -- Cambodia.
Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West2009MeyerSusan E.Utah State University PressPDF9780870000000Native plant gardening ; Great Basin.Landscape irrigation ; Great Basin.Natural landscaping ; Great Basin. Commons By Attribution License
Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing2020MickeySameditorTuckerMary EvelyneditorGrimJohneditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML9781780000000Human ecologySocial impact of environmental issuesSustainability -- Social aspects10.11647/OBP.0186Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License
Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene2021MiyaChelseaeditorRossierOlivereditorRockwellGeoffreyOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML9781780000000Research -- MethodologyResearch -- Environmental aspectsEducation -- Environmental aspects10.11647/OBP.0213Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Footprints in Paradise: Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapies in Okinawa2017MurrayAndrea E.Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-78533-473-3Ecotourism -- Japan -- Okinawa Island.Economic development -- Japan -- Okinawa Island.Traditional ecological knowledge -- Japan -- Okinawa Island. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet2018NelsonAnitraPluto PressEPUB9781790000000Ecological houses.Shared housing -- Sociological aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Transactions with the World: Ecocriticism and the Environmental Sensibility of New Hollywood2016O'BrienAdamBerghahn BooksPDF978-1-78920-468-1Environmentalism in motion pictures.Ecology in motion pictures.Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future2013O'RiordanTimothyeditorLentonTimothyOxford University PressPDF9780200000000Social stabilityClimatic changes -- Social aspects. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Decolonising Blue Spaces in the Anthropocene: Freshwater management in Aotearoa New Zealand2021ParsonsMegFisherKarenCreaseRoa PetraPalgrave MacmillanEPUB, PDF978-3-030-61071-5Water-supply -- Management -- New ZealandEnvironmental justice -- New ZealandMaori (New Zealand people) Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis2019PauliBenjamin J.MIT PressPDF9780260000000Environmental justice -- Michigan -- Flint.Water quality management -- Michigan -- Flint.Political participation -- Michigan -- Flint. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Fundamentals for the Anthropocene2019PearceJackDe Gruyter Open PolandEPUB, PDF9783110000000Globalization -- Environmental aspects.Natural history -- PhilosophyOntology Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Licens
Environment in the Lives of Children and Families: Perspectives from India and the UK2017PhoenixAnnPolicy PressPDF978-1447339199Children and the environment -- Great Britain.Children and the environment -- India. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption2016PiraniSimonPluto PressEPUB9780750000000Energy consumption -- History.Fossil fuels -- Economic aspects.Fossil fuels -- Environmental aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds2021PughJonathaneditorChandlerDavideditorUniversity of Westminster PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-1-914386-01-5Island ecologyNature -- Effect of human beings onIslands in literature Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai2017RademacherAnnaUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-96872-1Sustainable architecture -- India -- Mumbai.Urban ecology (Sociology) -- India -- Mumbai.Architecture -- Environmental aspects -- India -- Mumbai. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Natural Resource Development and Human Rights in Latin America: State and Non-state Actors in the Promotion of and Opposition to Extractivism2017RaftopoulosMalaynaeditorPoweskaRadosławeditorUniversity of London PressPDF978-1-912250-4-17Sustainable development -- Latin AmericaNatural resources -- Latin AmericaHuman rights -- Environmental aspects -- Latin America10.14296/0520.9781912250417Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Greenwor(l)ds: Ecocritical Readings of Canadian Women's Poetry1999RelkeDiana M. A.University of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-358-2Women authors -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.Ecology in literature.Canadian poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported
Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan1987RogersElizabeth RogersCramerMarianneeditorMIT PressPDF9780260000000Central Park (New York, N.Y.)City planning -- Environmental aspects.Urban ecology (Sociology) Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Ecology & wonder in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site2010SandfordRobert WilliamAthabasca University PressPDF9781900000000Ecology -- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site (Alta. and B.C.)Environmental protection -- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site (Alta. and B.C.)National parks and reserves -- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site (Alta. and B.C.) -- Management. Commons License, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada
Embracing watershed politics2008SchlagerEdellaBlomquistWilliamUniversity Press of ColoradoEPUB978-0-87081-975-9Watershed management—Political aspects—United StatesIntegrated water development—United States. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International Licence
Engineering the Climate: Science, Politics, and Visions of Control2021SchubertJuliaMattering PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-1-912729-26-5Climate change mitigation.Weather controlClimatic changes -- Political aspects Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence
Fuel: An Ecocritical History2018ScottHeidi C.M.Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-5399-1Fuel in literaturePower resources in literatureSustainable living Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Climate of the Middle: Understanding Climate Change as a Common Challenge2022SiegmannArgeneditorSpringerEPUB, PDF978-3-030-85322-8Climatic changes -- Moral and ethical aspects.Climatic changes -- Social aspects.Climatic changes -- Government policy. Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
The Anthroposcene of Weather and Climate: Ethnographic Contributions to the Climate Change Debate2021SillitoePauleditorBerghahn BooksPDF978-1-80073-278-0Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Case studies.Weather -- Social aspects -- Case studies.Climatic changes -- Effect of human beings on. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Rethinking Sustainable Cities: Accessible, Green and Fair2018SimonDavideditorPolicy PressPDF978-1447332855Sustainable urban development.City planning -- Environmental aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Anthropological Perspectives on Environmental Communication2022Sjölander-LindqvistAnnelieeditorMurinIvaneditorDoveMichael E.editorPalgrave MacmillanEPUB, PDF978-3-030-78040-1Communication in the environmental sciences -- Social aspects.Sustainability -- Social aspects. Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place2017SmithJosBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4742-7503-3Landscapes in literature.Nature in literature.Nature in literature Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context2013SoperEllaeditorBradleyNicholaseditorUniversity of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-547-0Ecocriticism -- Canada.Ecology in literature.Nature in literature. Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported
In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism2015StengersIsabelleOpen Humanities PressPDF978-1-78542-010-8Global environmental change.Nature -- Effect of human beings onHuman ecology Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Understanding the Rights of Nature : A Critical Introduction2022TanasescuMihneatranscript verlagPDF978-3-8394-5431-2Environmental policy.Rights of natureSocial philosophy Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Earth 2020: An Insider’s Guide to a Rapidly Changing Planet2020TortellPhilippeeditorOpen Book PublishersPDF, HTML978-1-78374-847-1Climate change mitigationGlobal environmental changeHuman ecology10.11647/OBP.0193Creative Commons 4.0 International licence
Water and Society: Changing Perceptions of Societal and Historical Development2021TvedtTerjeBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-0-7556-0649-8Water and civilization.Water -- Social aspects. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Social Sustainability, Past and Future; Undoing Unintended Consequences for the Earth's Survival2019van der LeeuwSanderCambridge University PressPDF9781110000000Environmental sociology.Sustainability -- Social aspects.Environmentalism -- Social aspects. Core Terms of Use
Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities2022Villanueva-RomeroDianaeditorKerslakeLorraineeditorFlys-JunqueraCarmeneditorBrillPDF978-90-04-50127-0Human ecology and the humanitiesEnvironmental justice.Ecocriticism Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence
Nature Guiding2018VinalWilliam GouldCornell University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Nature study Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico2018WalshCareyUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-96539-3Mineral waters -- Mexico -- Mexico City.Baths -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- History.Water -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- History. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Country, Native Title and Ecology2012WeirJessica K.editorAustralian National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781920000000Native title (Australia) -- Environmental aspects -- Australia.Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure.Environmental management. rights reserved
Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region: Sea Changes2021WheelerWilliamUCL PressPDF9781800000000Aral Sea (Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) -- Environmental conditions.Human ecology -- Aral Sea (Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan)Economic development -- Aral Sea (Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence
Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century2018WhitmoreLukeUniversity of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-97015-1Kidārnāṭh (Temple : Kedāranātha, India)Ecology -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism.Natural disasters -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism. Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Ecological Justice and the Extinction Crisis: Giving Living Beings their Due2020WienhuesAnnaBristol University PressPDF978-1529208528Environmental ethics.Environmental policy Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0
Global Meat: Social and Environmental Consequences of the Expanding Meat Industry2019WindersBilleditorRansomElizabetheditorMIT PressPDF9780260000000Meat industry and trade -- Environmental aspects Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
The Nature of Northern Australia: Its Natural Values, Ecological Processes and Future Prospects2007WoinarskiJohnAustralian National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781920000000Human ecology -- Australia, Northern.Environmental sciences -- Australia, Northern.Human geography -- Australia, Northern. rights reserved
On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy2013WoodardBenpunctum booksPDF978-0-6157853-8-7Earth (Planet) -- Philosophy.10.21983/P3.0025.1.00Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0
Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts2016ZapfHerbertBloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4742-7467-8Environment in literature.Nature in literatureEcology in literature10.5040/9781474274685Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives
Governing the Climate-Energy Nexus: Institutional Complexity and Its Challenges to Effectiveness and Legitimacy2020ZelliFariborzeditorCambridge University PressPDF9781110000000Global environmental change -- Government policy.Fossil fuels -- Government policy.Renewable energy sources -- Government policy. Core Terms of Use

by Megan Smith, OTH

In honor of Earth Month 2022, OTH is highlighting The Alternatives Project (TAP) and three of their associated organizations for their efforts in environmental justice. These organizations exemplify the power of the people to resist the current extractive economy organizing society today and offer hope that there are alternatives to creating an equal and sustainable future for humanity and our earth. TAP is a transnational organization on a mission to build “a global collective, critical voice-oriented towards education. 


Read about UPROSE, a women of color-led, grassroots organization that established Sunset Park Climate Justice Center, a climate adaptation and community resiliency planning project in Brooklyn, New York.

The Sunrise Movement

The Sunrise Movement is a youth led movement that is fighting climate change through their current campaign “The Green New Deal,” a congressional resolution to mobilize American society to use 100% clean and renewable energy, sustainable living-wage jobs for all, and a people centered economy.

The United Frontline Table

The United Frontline Table is an indigenous-led organization that is human-centered and focused on building a regenerative economy that respects the principle of all peoples right to health and equal environmental law.


by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

This article was originally published by the Office of Communications at Princeton University. OTH received permission to republish this article and the original story can be viewed here.

Since 2014, this interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Architecture has brought together students and faculty with an interest in cities and the built environment through public programming and a series of undergraduate and graduate courses.

A critical component of the initiative is a fellowship program that brings a small select cohort of scholars to campus annually.                              

In addition to their own research, the Princeton Mellon Fellows teach courses and contribute to programming related to the initiative’s continuing theme, “Cities on the Edge: Hemispheric Comparisons and Connections.” This theme explores the ways in which cities exist on the edge of sustainability and climate change, are sites for the connective and comparative study of migration, and allow for scholarship that foregrounds hemispheric comparisons and connections. The program also creates opportunities for social justice-oriented scholarship and civic engagement within urban studies.

Fellows also present and discuss their research as part of the Mellon Forum on the Urban Environmentwhich serves as the intellectual core of the program.

Principal investigators Mario Gandelsonas, the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, professor of the School of Architecture and director of the Program in Urban Studies, and Alison Isenberg, professor of history, lead the cohort.

Gandelsonas said the fellows contribute in important ways to the School of Architecture (SoA), where their impact in the classroom inspires and informs the work of undergraduate and graduate students.

“The Mellon Initiative Fellows have been teaching courses at the SoA that expand the range of offerings and subjects with a focus on urbanism, urban architecture and planning,” he said. “The influence of these very well-attended courses is visible particularly in the graduate program, where an increasing number of students have been proposing themes for their master’s theses related to urban and environmental issues.”

Each year, one of the fellows also co-teaches with Gandelsonas the undergraduate interdisciplinary urban studio (ARC205) at the School of Architecture. “The role of the Mellon fellow has been, on one hand to develop a seminar that is an integral part of this unique studio, and on the other hand to bring an interdisciplinary voice that expands and enriches the development of the student projects,” Gandelsonas said.

‘A truly interdisciplinary cohort’

From initial partnerships with the School of Architecture, the Humanities Council and the Program in Latin America Studies, the Mellon Initiative now works with most academic units across campus. The initiative collaborates closely with High Meadows Environmental Institute, PIIRS, SPIA, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Metropolis Project of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as many humanities departments to bring in each year’s Mellon Fellows. These connections, Isenberg said, “creates a truly interdisciplinary cohort.”

Every fellow teaches at least one course, which in some cases helps campus partners fill shifting demands in methods or topics.

“We bring to campus top scholars in disciplines with large student interest but no Princeton department, for example, in fields like urban planning and geography,” said Isenberg, who has worked with the Mellon Initiative since its launch. She added that these courses also serve the University by “bridging humanities and the arts to engineering, policy and environmental studies.” Fellows also have helped campus partners expand scholarship in fields such as trans and queer studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

“Having a call for interdisciplinary fellows each year enables us to hire a dynamic group of scholars who are at the leading edge of their fields,” said Aaron Shkuda, program manager of the Princeton Mellon Initiative and a lecturer in architecture. Often the fellows have combined advanced degrees from several fields such as landscape architecture and geography, urban planning and international development, or engineering and anthropology.

“This interdisciplinarity helps illuminate the research and teaching opportunities of the fellows program,” Isenberg said. 

New areas of research and scholarship

Shkuda added that the fellows have an important impact on the future direction of teaching and research on cities and the built environment at the University.

“Our fellows design programming and classes that draw broad interest from students, faculty and the public at large,” he said. “They are often among the first Princeton scholars to focus on topics that have come to define discourse across the disciplines, such as the way climate change has changed our view of urban planning and architecture; the intersection between race, gender and the urban environment; the study of camps, prisons and borders; and the way that architecture was critical to nation-building in postcolonial societies.”

Isenberg said that the biggest development since the Mellon Initiative’s inception in 2014 has been the University’s decision to continue the program beyond 2025, the final year of support from the Mellon Foundation.

In many ways that was the Mellon Foundation’s goal, Isenberg noted. Princeton is one of more than a dozen research universities and institutes in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and South Africa that the Mellon Foundation engages and connects through its Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiative.

“The Foundation helped spark new research and teaching collaborations that maximized the unique departmental and programmatic configuration of each university or institution,” she said. “At Princeton, the initiative demonstrated the intellectual vitality of this field at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, while simultaneously joining forces with existing programs on campus to strengthen their respective priorities.”

Below, meet this year’s fellows and learn about the focus of their research and teaching in the classroom.

Chandana Anusha

Chandana Anusha is a scholar of social and environmental dynamics in India, with a special interest in coastal regions. Her research focuses on how ecological and infrastructural processes intersect in an era defined by climate change and global trade.

This spring, she is teaching the course “Coastal Justice: Ecologies, Societies, Infrastructures in South Asia.”

Anusha’s fellowship is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India and the Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies.

Devanne Brookins

Devanne Brookins’research explores comparative urban studies, urban transformation and the production of inequality, with a focus on African cities. This agenda is driven by a desire to understand how urban transformations in Sub-Saharan Africa reflect and differ from those in regions that have bridged the urban transition in earlier periods.

With urbanization and transformation proliferating across Africa, many urban development interventions are taking place amid questions regarding the governance of urban land: how it is assembled, how the value is captured and distributed, and who has access. These contemporary processes of urbanization, expansion and restructuring are producing concerning patterns of inequality. Brookins examines how urban inequality is manufactured through governance processes as socio-political compromises that become spatially embedded in land and the built environment.

This spring, she is teaching two graduate courses in Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs: “Urbanization and Development” and, with Keith Wailoo, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs, “Identity, Power and Policy.”

Dean Chahim

Dean Chahim’s research examines the relationship between engineering, political power and the production of urban environments. His current project is an ethnography and history of flood control engineering and urbanization in Mexico City. It examines how engineers, under political pressure to enable urban growth, have transformed flooding into a routinized and spatially diffuse form of environmental suffering that disproportionately affects the urban poor.

This spring, he is teaching the undergraduate course “Engineering Justice and the City: Technologies, Environments, and Power.”

His fellowship is made possible through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Council, the University Center for Human Values, the Metropolis Project, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Chukwuemeka V. Chukwuemeka

Chukwuemeka V. Chukwuemeka is an architect and urbanist with international experience in project development, project management and systems design. His research is on emergent dynamics and self-organization processes of spatial productions in rapidly urbanizing sub-Saharan African cities, with a focus on Onitsha Markets in Nigeria.

In fall 2021, he and Gandelsonas co-taught the undergraduate course “Interdisciplinary Design Studio” for certificate students in the Program in Urban Studies.

Chukwuemeka’s fellowship is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Program in African Studies, and the Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies.

Seth Denizen

Seth Denizen is a researcher and design practitioner trained in landscape architecture and human geography. His published work is multidisciplinary, addressing art and design, microbial ecology, soil science, urban geography and the politics of climate change. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Scapegoat Journal: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy.

In fall 2021, he taught the undergraduate course “Thinking Through Soil.”

Denizen’s fellowship is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the High Meadows Environmental Institute.

Shoshana Goldstein

Shoshana Goldstein’s research explores the impacts of India’s economic liberalization on urban planning, governance, and placemaking for migrant and formerly agrarian communities in peri-urban New Delhi. Her current project charts the complex planning history of Delhi’s satellite city, Gurgaon.

In fall 2021, she taught the undergraduate course “South Asian Migrations.” This spring, she is teaching an undergraduate policy research seminar.

Goldstein’s fellowship is sponsored by the the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, the Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies, and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Davy Knittle

Davy Knittle’s research considers how normative ideas of race, sexuality and gender have shaped the redevelopment of the built and non-built environments of U.S. cities from the 1950s to the present. His current book project, “Designs on the Future: Gender, Race, and Environment in the Transitional City,” uses a multidisciplinary archive of literary and cultural texts to trace resistance to dominant narratives of urban progress.

“Designs on the Future” engages a queer and trans method of reading urban and environmental change that identifies the entanglement of urban, environmental, and queer and trans experiences of loss in U.S. cities in the wake of urban renewal.

This spring, he is teaching the undergraduate course “Race, Gender and the Urban Environment.”

Knittle’s fellowship is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Effron Center for the Study of America and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. The fellowship will span the spring and fall 2022 semesters.

by Chris Plattsmier

There is an abundance of great podcasts coming out of libraries of all scale and size, ranging from small community colleges to some of the larger public branches in the country. Then there is the bundle of podcasts produced by industry-adjacent services, products, organizations, media, etc. that make finding a quality listen even harder. OTH wanted to share a list of podcasts and episodes to pair with our latest issue, which focused on topics related to environmental history and studies, for our readers to enjoy and add to their listening list moving forward. 

Don’t see your favorite podcast related to libraries, climate change, and the environment? Let us know!

In This Climate

A podcast from Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and The Media School focusing on engaging scientists on the front lines of environmental resilience battles and legislation, plus ways you can stay resilient.


TILclimate Podcast

Produced by MIT, these 10 minute listens are a great way to learn or engage students about the science, technologies, and policies driving climate change and it’s possible solutions. 


Yale Climate Collection

“Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society.”

Check out one of their recent pieces, “Chicago nonprofit transforms old library into climate-friendly headquarters”, to get an idea of some of the daily/weekly stories that YCC produces.

More Options

The Society of Environmental Journalists compiled a great list of podcasts to listen to related to climate change, environmental studies, environmental justice, and more to check out if you are interested. Also, the library at the University of Colorado recently announced a new podcast, “Why We Did This”, that explores access to climate research as a human right.

by Clare Doyle, OTH

This issue of OTH Bookshelf comprises more than 200 academic open access titles in the area of Women’s Studies. 

The OTH list includes the book’s author or editor names, title and title remainder, year of publication, publisher, and open access format (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, etc.) Subject headings in the list are taken from WorldCat records, if available: if not, original cataloging of subject headings is provided in WorldCat format, for consistency. The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the book is given if it is available on the publisher’s website; if not, the URL is provided. The ISBNs listed are for the online version of the book if available, and if more than one online ISBN is available the ISBN for the PDF version has been preferred; if there is no online or e-book ISBN, the ISBN featured on the publisher’s website is included. The book’s license type is included if this has been provided by the publisher.

The OTH Women’s Studies Bookshelf lists titles from more than 40 publishers: if our readers are aware of any title or publishers that are not included, please feel free to submit them for consideration. To be included in OTH Bookshelf, a book must be available to read online and/or download for free and must have been assigned an ISBN.

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TitleDOI or URLAuthor 1 LastAuthor 1 FirstAuthor 2 FirstAuthor 2 LastAuthor 3 LastAuthor 3 FirstYearPublisherFormatISBNEditionSubject 1Subject 2Subject 3LicenseLicense
Representations of Slave Women in Discourses on Slavery and Abolition, 1780–1838, HTML9780200000000Women slaves -- Jamaica -- History.Slavery -- Jamaica -- History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Beauvoir in Time, Simone de, -- 1908-1986 -- Criticism and interpretation.Beauvoir, Simone de, -- 1908-1986. -- Deuxième sexeFeminismCreative Commons Attribution + NonCommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Tainted Souls and Painted Faces : The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.Prostitution -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
The Royal Women of Amarna: Images of Beauty from Ancient Egypt Museum of ArtPDF9780870000000Queens -- Egypt -- Tell el-Amarna -- PortraitsPrincesses -- Egypt -- Tell el-Amarna -- PortraitsAmenhotep -- III, -- King of Egypt -- Family -- Art
A Passion for Performance: Sarah Siddons and Her Portraitists PublicationsPDF9780890000000Siddons, Sarah, -- 1755-1831.Portrait painting
Gendered Violence: Jewish Women in the Pogroms of 1917 to 1921 Studies PressPDF9781600000000Jewish women -- Violence against -- UkrainePogroms -- UkraineRape -- Ukraine Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Women and the Law of London PressPDF978-1-911507-10-9Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Great Britain.Women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions.Women -- Great Britain -- History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Arab Women in Algeria Gruyter Open PolandEPUB, PDF9783100000000Women, Arab -- Algeria
Defending Women's Rights in Europe: Gender Equality and EU Enlargement A.2015SUNY PressPDF, HTML9781440000000Women's rights -- European Union countries.Sex discrimination against women -- European Union countries.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
Vigée Le Brun Museum of ArtPDF9781590000000Vigée-Lebrun, Louise-Elisabeth, -- 1755-1842Women painters -- France -- History -- 18th centuryPortrait painting, French -- History
The Prostitution of Sexuality10.18574/nyu/9780814786086.001.0001BarryKathleen1994NYU PressHTML9780800000000Prostitution-Moral and ethical aspects.Women—Crimes againstFeminist theoryCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin: An Ethnographic Study in IslamMuslims--GermanyWomen--GermanyCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
The Eighteenth-Century Woman Museum of ArtPDF9780870000000Women -- History -- 18th century.Women -- Biography
Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation in Maryam Mahboob's Afghanistan University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781900000000Mahboob, Maryam, 1955- -- Criticism and interpretationWomen -- Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryWomen's rights -- AfghanistanCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Women and Crime in Post-Transitional South African Crime Fiction detectives in literatureFemale offenders in literatureDetective and mystery stories, South African (English)–History and criticismCreative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
320 rue St Jacques: The Diary of Madeleine Blaess Rose University PressPDF, HTML978-1-912482-13-9Blaess, Madeleine -- Diaries.British -- France -- Paris -- Biography.World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Paris -- Personal narratives.Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial 4.0 licence
Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Cesarean section -- Europe -- History.Medical illustration -- History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation University PressPDF9781500000000English literature -- English-speaking countries -- History and criticism.Women in literaturePostcolonialism in literature.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Eliot, George, -- 1819-1880.Woolf, Virginia, -- 1882-1941.English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace: Conservative Women and the Crusade against Communism C.2008University Press of ColoradoHTML9781460000000Women conservatives -- United States -- History.Communism -- United States -- Prevention.Conservatism -- United States -- History.All rights reserved
British Women Surgeons and their Patients, 1860–1918 University PressPDF9781300000000Women surgeons -- Great Britain -- HistoryMedical care -- Great BritainCambridge Core Terms of Use
Negotiating Nursing: British Army Sisters and Soldiers in the Second World War University PressPDF9781500000000Great Britain. -- Army. -- Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps -- History.World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care -- Great Britain.Military nursing -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
The Truest Form of Patriotism': Pacifist Feminism in Britain, 1870–1902 University PressPDF9781500000000Feminism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th centuryPacifism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th centuryWomen pacifists -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
The Other Women's Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction C.2010University of Hawai'i PressPDF9780800000000Japanese fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.Feminist literary criticism -- Japan.Gender identity in literature.
Save the Womanhood! Vice, Urban immorality and Social Control in Liverpool, c. 1900-1976 University PressPDF, HTML978-1-786-94880-9Women -- England -- Liverpool -- Social conditions -- 20th century.Women immigrants -- Services for -- England -- Liverpool.Promiscuity -- England -- Liverpool.
Woman between Two Kingdoms: Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Rasama, Dari--1873-1933Sex role—Political aspects—Thailand—History—19th century.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Goodna Girls: A History of Children in a Queensland Mental Asylum National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781800000000Psychiatric hospitals -- Australia -- Queensland -- HistoryWolston Park Hospital (Qld.) -- HistoryChild welfare -- Australia -- Queensland -- History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era PublicationsPDF9780890000000Prostitutes in art.Impressionism (Art) -- France.Women -- France -- History
Bolshevik Feminist: The Life of Aleksandra Kollontai Evans1979Indiana University PressHTML9780300000000Kollontaj, Aleksandra Mikhajlovna, -- 1872-1952.Socialists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.Feminists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Gendering Women: Identity and Mental Wellbeing through the Lifecourse PressPDF978-1847426789Women -- Mental healthSex role -- Psychological aspects.Gender identity -- Psychological aspects.Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
The Process of Occupational Sex-Typing: The Feminization of Clerical Labor in Great Britain University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781400000000Women clerks--Great Britain--History.Sexual division of labor--Great Britain--History.Women--Employment--Great Britain--History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 United States License
Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement University PressPDF, HTML978-1-781-38469-5English poetry -- Irish authors -- History and criticism.English poetry -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs Patricia2018University of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-96952-0Rural women -- Peru -- Economic conditions.Economic assistance, Domestic -- Social aspects -- Peru.Creative Commons Attribution + ShareAlike 4.0
Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan of Hawai'i PressPDF9780800000000Japanese tea ceremony—HistoryWomen—Japan—Social conditionsWomen—Japan—Economic conditions
Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well I.2021Rutgers University PressPDF9782000000000Monastic and religious life of women -- United StatesAging -- Religious aspects -- Catholic ChurchAging -- Religious aspects -- Catholic ChurchCreative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photographs PublicationsPDF9780890000000Cameron, Julia Margaret, -- 1815-1879.Women photographers -- United StatesPhotography, Artistic.
Thoughtrave: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga10.21983/P3.0138.1.00CraigRobert Baum2016punctum booksPDF978-0-692-68691-1Lady Gaga -- Criticism and interpretationPopular music -- United States -- 2011-2020 -- History and criticism.Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license,
First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche University PressEPUB, PDF9781900000000Menstruation -- Cross-cultural studiesCreative Commons Attribution + NonCommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Knowing Women: Same-Sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial Ghana Owusua2021Cambridge University PressPDF9781100000000Lesbianism--Ghana--HistoryWomen--GhanaGender identity--GhanaCambridge Core Terms of Use
Geographies of Identity: Narrative Forms, Feminist Futures10.53288/0329.1.00DarlingJill2021punctum booksPDF978-1-68571-013-2Women authorsPopular culture--United StatesFeminismCreative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
Woman's Place Is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930 W.1982Temple University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781400000000Women -- Employment -- United States -- History.Clerks -- United States -- History.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 United States License
Marion Nicoll: Silence and Alchemy of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-739-9Nicoll, Marion, -- 1909-1985 -- Criticism and interpretation.Art, Abstract -- Canada -- History.Women artists -- Canada
In the Eye of the Beholder: What Six Nineteenth-century Women Tell Us About Indigenous Authority and Identity National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781900000000Women pioneers -- Australia -- Attitudes -- History -- 19th centuryAboriginal Australians -- Public opinion.Australia -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.All rights reserved
Repealing the 8th: Reforming Irish Abortion Law LondrasFionaMaireadEnright2018Policy PressPDF978-1447347514Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Ireland.Constitutional law -- Ireland.Reproductive rights -- IrelandCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Women in Mongol Iran: the Khātūns, 1206-1335 NicolaBruno2017Edinburgh University PressEPUB, PDF9780000000000Women -- Iran -- History -- To 1500.Mongols -- Iran -- History -- To 1500.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence
Violence Against Women’s Health in International Law VidoSara2020Manchester University PressPDF9781500000000Women's health services -- Law and legislation.Women -- Legal status, laws, etc.Women (International law)Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Joséphine and the Arts of the Empire P.2005Getty PublicationsPDF9780890000000Josephine, -- Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, -- 1763-1814 -- Art patronage.Decoration and ornament -- Empire style.Art, French
The Surplus Woman: Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 L.2009Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-78533-662-1Single women -- Germany -- HistoryWomen -- Germany -- Social conditionsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
The Governance of Female Drug Users: Women's Experiences of Drug Policy RoseNatasha2015Policy PressPDF978-1847426727Women -- Drug useDrug abuse -- Government policy.Women drug addicts -- Services for.Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0
Envy, Poison, & Death: Women on Trial in Classical Athens University PressPDF9780200000000Women -- Greece--Athens--HistoryFemale offenders -- History -- To 1500.Law, GreekCreative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives 4.0 International licence
Issues in Feminist Film Criticism University PressHTML9780300000000Feminism and motion pictures.Feminist film criticism.Women in motion pictures.Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 License.
Gillian Armstrong: Popular, Sensual & Ethical Cinema University PressEPUB, PDF9781500000000Armstrong, Gillian, -- 1950-Women in motion picturesCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence
Women Writing Portuguese Colonialism in Africa Paula2020Liverpool University PressPDF, HTML978-1-789-62824-1Portuguese literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.Imperialism in literature.Postcolonialism in literature.
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by Megan Smith, OTH 

In honor of women’s month, OTH celebrates Black women artists from the U.S. and Africa for their creative genius and activism projects. Black women are underrepresented, undervalued, and underappreciated in the music and art world despite how valiant their efforts are in fostering change and uplifting humanity. From female empowerment, climate change activism, and children’s rights, to fighting poverty, girls’ education, and anti-racism efforts, these women use their art as a force to be reckoned with. Now, take a moment to appreciate the vibrant colors, unique sounds, joyful dances, and brilliant artistry of these Black women leaders and let your soul be touched by their powerful messages.

Women’s Day Playlist – Via Music in Africa

The cultural contributions of female African musicians cannot be overstressed. Although underrepresented and often marginalized, they are behind some of the most glorious artistic moments across the continent and on the world stage – from crafting enduring records resulting in continual Grammy success, among other high-profile global honours, to serving as beacons of leadership and advocates of pertinent causes.” 


16 Black Women Artist-Activists From the Past & Present That We Must Celebrate – Via The Culture


Nina Simone (1965)

And despite the fact that in the telling and retelling of the stories of our movements for justice and equality, men figure prominently as protagonists, there have been numerous Black women artists who have hoisted the mantle of leadership onto their shoulders and spoken, sung, written and painted us free.”  


Women Whose Music Helped Shape The African Music – Via Sounds of Africa


Angelique Kidjo

Over the years, African music (afrobeats) has made great strides in both sound and recognition; this evolution is often attributed to the greats like Fela. ET Mensah and 2face and more. While they deserve the recognition, there isn’t enough celebration of the female pioneers who have contributed to it; this attitude of levity has trickled down into the industry today, shaping it into one that men largely dominate and has very little regards for women.”  


by Linda English, PhD

In December 2016, the co-program directors of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program (GWSP) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received the good news that their application for a National Endowment to Humanities Initiative Grant to revitalize the GWSP at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was approved. The following is an overview of the implementation of the NEH grant, a 20-month project entitled “Revitalizing UTRGV’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program” beginning in the spring of 2017 through its conclusion in August 2018. It highlights the insights, experience, and recommendations of external consultants who participated in the grant; specialists who oversee successful gender, sexuality, and women’s studies programs across the country . The distinguished specialists who visited campus over the course of the grant generated both interest in gender-related topics among our students as well as excitement for the field of study among our affiliated faculty.

In the fall of 2015, a new university opened its doors to students in deep-south Texas: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV brought together the resources and assets of two legacy institutions: the University of Texas, Brownsville (UTB) and the University of Texas, Pan American (UTPA). At the time of the merger, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program faced the challenges associated with the creation of a new university: faculty reorientation and adjustment as well as the reworking of the program’s infrastructure. The project was undertaken by a group of ten faculty members from UTRGV’s College of Liberal Arts dedicated to developing a flourishing program focused on gender studies. Affiliated with GWSP, they researched and taught in the fields of history and philosophy as well as literature, languages, and cultural studies. The plan was to incorporate best practices from successful programs at other universities as well expand UTRGV’s course offerings into areas of emerging scholarship. We wanted to analyze how we could improve our curriculum to (re)build a consistent, high-quality program. Strengthening the GWSP in this way provided new opportunities for faculty to expand their scholarly horizons and to study together to become well-versed and effective teachers. Ultimately, we believed that we could not achieve such goals without external input and support.

To do so, the project was divided into two major phases. The first phase focused on assessing and improving the overall organization and structure of the GWSP. The second phase was dedicated to creating new opportunities for UTRGV’s faculty to deepen their knowledge in the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and thus become more-informed teachers. The first phase was comprised of four workshops dedicated to assessing the GWSP—its shortcomings and its potential. During the first internal workshop in February 2017, the project directors and the affiliated faculty met to:

  • discuss faculty’s experience in teaching and researching in the field of gender, women’s and sexuality studies;
  • assess the current status of the GWSP (enrollment at this point was six students, enrollment history, degree plans and courses etc.);
  • and exchange ideas and opinions about future directions of the GWSP (its mission, its focus, and its goal).

The subsequent months of March, April, and May 2017 featured workshops with invited, external consultants who had in-depth knowledge of establishing, running, and enhancing gender-focused programs. Each workshop consisted of a 30-45 minute-long presentation (plus Q&A session) by the invited consultant about their work and program; followed by a 2 hour-long work and discussion session that focused on how UTRGV’s GWSP could be revised and enhanced.

After the internal workshop with affiliated faculty, the external consultants began their campus visits. The first external consultant was Dr. Jennifer Lynn from Montana State University, Billings who led a workshop titled “From Women to Gender? Pitfalls and Opportunities.” Dr. Lynn detailed the evolution of the Women and Gender Studies program at Montana State. She also stressed the importance of a dedicated space on campus for program visibility and her program’s successful efforts at community outreach (in particular, a brown bag session opened to both students and community members). The second external consultant to visit UTRGV was Dr. Guillermo De Los Reyes from the University of Houston whose workshop was titled “Integrating Sexualities into a Gender and Women’s Studies Program.” Dr. De Los Reyes provided an overview of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston. He traced the development of the program from a minor to a major and the success of the in their introductory course in the core (over twelve classes per semester, four sections of LBGTQ core class). He also discussed community outreach and fundraising, particularly the Friends of the Women’s Studies Program which raises funds for research and travel grants. The last external consultant for first phase of the grant was Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Bayard de Volo discussed some of the early obstacles of the program and its evolution from a minor to a major. She also discussed certificate options for UC-Boulder students, including an LBGTQ Certificate and Global Gender & Sexuality Certificate. Her discussion included the challenges of offering a global gender perspective.

After the spring campus visits, the program directors led two summer retreats for participating affiliated faculty. Both retreats focused on examining and integrating the suggestions provided by the three external consultants. The two retreats were titled: “Evaluating External Input and Defining Future Steps” and “Implementing External Input and Internal Evaluation.” Participants from the spring workshops were invited to contribute. At the first retreat, we focused on our outward “face” to students. This entailed articulating our mission, developing rationale as to why to study gender (through a minor or certificate), and creating a glossary of terms for our website. The second retreat involved planning for the fall semester, including developing syllabus for an introductory course on Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

The second phase of the initiative was dedicated to creating new learning opportunities for the faculty associated with the GWSP by inviting six gender content specialists to campus. The first of our six invited content specialists arrived in September 2017 to conduct a pedagogical workshop for our affiliated faculty in the morning and provide a public lecture for the UTRGV community in the evening. The audience was twofold: the GWSP affiliated faculty and UTRGV faculty, students, and the public at large. The public lecture served to generate general interest in gender topics and our program, more specifically. Our first invited content specialist was Dr. Nicholas Syrett from the University of Kansas. We had planned on three specialists for the fall and three for the spring, but due to a scheduling conflict, moved the lecture schedule to two in the fall and four in the spring. Our second content specialist, Dr. Michelle King, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, came to campus in early December and offered a global-focused workshop and public lecture titled, “The Julia Child of Chinese Cooking, or the Fu Pei-mei of French Food? Comparative Contexts of Female Culinary Celebrity.”

Beginning in January 2018, the GWSP invited four content specialists to campus to, once again, lead a morning workshop for affiliated faculty (focused on strategies for incorporating gender into our teaching) and provide a public lecture that evening to the UTRGV community. The four specialists were Dr. Nancy Hirschmann (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Crystal Feimster (Yale University), Dr. Robert Irwin (University of California, Davis), and Dr. Emma Pérez (University of Arizona). With four campus visits during the spring semester, our affiliated faculty were especially busy, but the experience proved extremely rewarding; the content specialists provided the faculty with valuable insights on “teaching gender” and the public lectures galvanized interest in our program and gender topics, more broadly. For example, Dr. Feimster focused much of the workshop on demonstrating some of the innovative class projects that she assigns to her students that encourage both creativity and analytical thought. These assignments included having her students create “zines,” initially the assignment focused on Pauli Murray; as well, she has her students develop a children’s book (she brought examples from her classes). Affiliated faculty created their own “zines” in the workshop. Dr. Pérez introduced an exercise to the workshop participants where they wrote 1st person accounts on: “I used to be ______ and now I am _________.” Dr. Perez’s public lecture was the largest of all, with over two hundred students and faculty in attendance. In the summer 2018, we organized a three-day retreat for affiliated faculty that enabled faculty to perform teaching demonstrations, incorporating some of the strategies they gleaned from the 2017-2018 pedagogical workshops.

The grant concluded after the 2018 summer retreats. The monies provided by the NEH allowed the GWSP to increase its exposure to the UTRGV community; consequently, we have seen the program grow in popularity. We developed an introductory course for the GWSP, “Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies,” offered at least once a year, which generates student interest in the GWSP minor and certificates. Indicative of faculty interest in gender-related fields, the affiliated faculty has grown from the original ten to a robust 35 affiliates.

About the Author

Dr. Linda English is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  She teaches courses on Texas History, the American West, Modern American Women’s History, and Gender in the American West.

by Sophia Boutilier 

What’s the problem with microaggressions?

What makes microaggressions such a big deal? Aren’t they, by definition, micro in nature? Microaggressions are every day, routine, even unintentional, slights and exchanges that denigrate or single out individuals because of their group membership (Barthelemy et al 2016, Sue et al 2007). They are often ambiguous, subtle, and challenging to pinpoint (Jones et al 2017). Consequently, microaggressions end up as the quiet burden to bear of the people who are targeted (it’s just too much work to explain it to people who don’t get it), overlooked by others (who don’t get it), and left unchecked (because those in power can’t comprehend the problem). Yet this oversight directly contributes to the repeated incidence of microaggressions, a violence which is compounded by its invalidation as ‘no big deal’ by people who don’t have to experience it (a microaggression in itself!) (Sweet 2019).

The concept of death by a thousand cuts comes to mind, particularly if the doctor you went to see told you that you weren’t *really* bleeding. And it’s this insidiousness, this ability for microaggressions to fly under the radar of managers and supervisors, that makes them hard to diagnose and contributes to the perception that the aggressed are overreacting, hyper-sensitive, irrationally angry, or whining (Ahmed 2021, Jones et al 2017, Orelus 2013). The inability of members of the dominant group to identify a microaggression when it happens and to recognize the long line of similar slights to which a particular insult is just one more instance that further isolates the person coping with the aggression (Orelus 2013). Such an institutional environment makes reporting difficult, often protecting aggressors and causing targets of microaggressions to question their own perception of reality (Barthelemy et al 2016, Jones et al 2017, Solorzano 1998). It’s no wonder that repeated microaggressions negatively impact work performance for individuals on their receiving end and reinforce harmful and prejudicial stereotypes for the wider community (Sue et al 2007, Solorzano 1998).

What do they look like?

Because microaggressions can be difficult to spot from the outside, it is imperative to collect the stories and experiences of the people who experience them (Barthelemy et al 2016, Solorzano 1998). For example, three-quarters of women in a physics graduate program, a typically male-dominated field, experienced microaggressions including sexist jokes, sexual objectification, the assumption of their inferiority, as well as being ignored, passed over, or treated as invisible in their work environment (Barthelemy et al 2016). Although these instances were three times more common than “outright” or hostile sexism, women who reported sexist behavior were encouraged to overlook it or were ignored by supervisors. The denial of sexism dovetailed with the idea of science as neutral and having a ‘culture of no culture’, obscuring and perpetuating the ways women are sidelined in the field (Barthelemy et al 2016, Harding 1986, Des Jardins 2010). These women’s experiences are not isolated or unusual. They are common to male-dominated fields like STEM fields and speak to more general patterns of exclusion (Funk and Parker 2018).

A few other examples of microaggressions include:

  • Complimenting a scholar of color for being articulate as if it’s surprising that they are well spoken (Orelus 2013);
  • Assuming that people in fat or bigger bodies are unhealthy and/or being surprised that they are healthy or physically active (Gay 2017, Gordon 2021, West 2017);
  • Ignoring, interrupting, taking credit for, or downplaying the contributions of minority colleagues (Solorzano 1998);
  • Assuming that women or people of color know everything there is to know about women and people of color, and relying on them to educate others (Orelus 2013);
  • Asking a prospective female employee of childbearing age or who is currently pregnant what her “plans” are (Kitroeff and Silver-Greenberg 2018);
  • Referring to a male colleague as “assertive” while the same behavior by a female colleague is labelled as “loud” (Correll 2017);
  • Having lower expectations of minority students or co-workers (Solorzano 1998);
  • Asking someone who is not the visible norm where they are from (Wing et al 2007)

Why do they matter?

Experiencing the inconsiderateness of a colleague is of course not limited to the experiences of minorities. Anyone can be on the receiving end of rudeness (Fleming 2019). In contrast, microaggressions are chronic, repeated instances of deep social divisions. Although they might seem small, one-off events, situating them in a historical and contemporary context reveals longstanding patterns of discrimination (Solorzano 1998). By way of particularly stark example, both female scientists and university professors, and graduate students of color, report being treated like ‘second class citizens’ who didn’t belong in their institutions (Barthelemy et al 2016, Orelus 2013, Solorzano 1998). In both cases this treatment is rooted in a history where members of these groups were not just treated as second class citizens, but actually were second class citizens and accordingly denied human, civil and legal rights (Orelus 2013). In other words, microaggressions are simply the tip of an iceberg of historically and socially entrenched animus from which minorities endure a steady drip.

The concept of death by a thousand cuts comes to mind, particularly if the doctor you went to see told you that you weren’t really bleeding.

Despite their name, microaggressions have *macro* effects. Targets of microaggressions are more likely to experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Berg 2006). In the face of routine slights and dismissals, women and people of color report constantly having to prove themselves at school and work and facing higher penalties for making mistakes than their colleagues (Madsen et al 2015). Consequences include reduced performance, lower satisfaction, and higher rates of burnout for individuals (Krivkovich et al 2018, Jones et al 2017, Martell et al 1996), as well as reduced profits, innovation, and productivity for organizations (Ferrary 2013, Funk and Parker 2018). When organizational norms and leadership fail to prevent microaggressions, their cultures discourage diversity and place an unfair burden on minority groups to cope silently with the stress of discrimination ((Jones et al 2017, Orelus 2013). Often these aggressions fail to meet legal thresholds for discrimination, leaving targets vulnerable to repeated abuse, and even contributing to the fiction held by some that racism and sexism are no longer common problems (Ferber 2012).

What can be done?

Discriminatory cultures are dynamic and interpersonal products which include targets, perpetrators, bystanders, and allies—all of whom have roles to play to change a biased climate (Jones et al 2017). More space needs to be made for marginalized groups to identify microaggressions and access channels to hold aggressors accountable (Barthelemy et al 2016). Shifting the culture to take seriously the experience of the person feeling aggressed, regardless of the intent of perpetrators is essential to challenge gaslighting and invalidation and to prevent aggressions before the point that reporting needs to take place (Applebaum 2010, Oluo 2017, Sweet 2019). Incentives and accountability can reduce the social costs associated with reporting (Sue et al 2017), especially in ambiguous situations which are both more common and harder to pinpoint (Shelton and Stewart 2004, Correll 2017). Restorative paradigms that emphasize addressing the harm rather than adjudicating if a policy was violated can reduce the adversarial nature of reporting and associated retaliation (Ahmed 2021, Hamad 2020, Wemmers 2017). Establishing dialogue and group problem-solving may also reduce barriers as research shows that women who have experienced bias are more likely to recognize bias directed at other women than directed at themselves (Jones et al 2017). Bringing employees together to share stories and solutions is often more effective to identify microaggressions than leaving targets to speak up for themselves individually (Summers-Effler 2002).

Even when targets call out racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice, reporting will only work if aggressors can listen to and believe their colleagues and appreciate their experience of the exchange. This should also include equipping privileged persons (regardless of their history of perpetration) with the tools to deal with defensiveness, fear of being wrong, or disappointment that might result when they learn they have, perhaps unwittingly, participated in bias against a colleague. Bystanders may be effective at intervening and sanctioning the perpetrator, but such action does not guarantee higher levels of acceptance toward the target (Jones et al 2017). A multi-pronged approach is necessary. Training and actions for acknowledging and interrupting implicit bias (Perry et al 2015, Yen et al 2018) and revising workplace conventions for bias that may be ‘baked in’ (Correll 2017) are also important. The latter could be transformed through equitable and transparent distribution of opportunities and tasks, and intentional review of how work is assigned and evaluated (Blickenstaff 2005).


About the Author

Sophia Boutilier is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on the international development industry, inequalities, and social justice. She is particularly invested in scholarship that engages privileged groups to challenge their dominance in support of social change. In addition to her academic work, Sophia has authored policy documents on gender inequality and sexual violence prevention. She draws inspiration from her field experience as a development worker, and from the writing of critical race and feminist theorists.

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This article is by Naomi Schalit, from The Conversation.

Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. AP Photo/Sergei Grits

This is a frightening moment. Russia has invaded Ukraine, and certainly those most frightened right now are the people of Ukraine. But violent aggression – a war mounted by a country with vast military resources against a smaller, weaker country – strikes fear in all of us. As a Washington Post headline writer recently wrote: The Ukraine crisis is “5,000 miles away but hitting home.”

The Conversation U.S. has spent the past couple of months digging into the history and politics of Ukraine and Russia. We’ve looked at their cultures, their religions, their military and technological capacities. We’ve provided you with stories about NATO, about cyberwarfare, the Cold War and the efficacy of sanctions.

Below, you’ll find a selection of stories from our coverage. We hope they will help you understand that today may feel both inevitable – yet inexplicable.

1. The US promised to protect Ukraine

In 1994, Ukraine got a signed commitment from Russia, the U.S. and the U.K. in which the three countries promised to protect the newly independent state’s sovereignty.

“Ukraine as an independent state was born from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union,” write scholars Lee Feinstein of Indiana University and Mariana Budjeryn of Harvard. “Its independence came with a complicated Cold War inheritance: the world’s third-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Ukraine was one of the three non-Russian former Soviet states, including Belarus and Kazakhstan, that emerged from the Soviet collapse with nuclear weapons on its territory.”

A soldier wearing a helmet peeks out of a tank.
A Ukrainian serviceman rides atop a military vehicle past Independence Square in central Kyiv on Feb. 24, 2022. Daniel Leal/AFP via Getty Images


The 1994 agreement was signed in return for Ukraine giving up the nuclear weapons within its borders, sending them to Russia for dismantling. But the agreement, not legally binding, was broken by Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. And today’s invasion is yet another example of the weakness of that agreement.

2. Clues to how Russia will wage war

During the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Russia invaded Georgia, a country on the Black Sea. In 2014, Putin ordered troops to seize Crimea, a peninsula that juts into the Black Sea and housed a Russian naval base.

West Point scholar and career U.S. special forces officer Liam Collins conducted field research on the 2008 and 2014 wars in Georgia and Ukraine.

“From what I have learned, I expect a possible Russian invasion would start with cyberattacks and electronic warfare to sever communications between Ukraine’s capital and the troops. Shortly thereafter, tanks and mechanized infantry formations supported by the Russian air force would cross at multiple points along the nearly 1,200-mile border, assisted by Russian special forces. Russia would seek to bypass large urban areas.”

3. Spies replaced by smartphones

If you love spy movies, you’ve got an image of how intelligence is gathered: agents on the ground and satellites in the sky.

But you’re way out of date. These days, writes Craig Nazareth, a scholar of intelligence and information operations at the University of Arizona, “massive amounts of valuable information are publicly available, and not all of it is collected by governments. Satellites and drones are much cheaper than they were even a decade ago, allowing private companies to operate them, and nearly everyone has a smartphone with advanced photo and video capabilities.”

This means people around the world may see this invasion unfold in real time. “Commercial imaging companies are posting up-to-the-minute, geographically precise images of Russia’s military forces. Several news agencies are regularly monitoring and reporting on the situation. TikTok users are posting video of Russian military equipment on rail cars allegedly on their way to augment forces already in position around Ukraine. And internet sleuths are tracking this flow of information.”

A rocket is stuck coming through the ceiling of a damaged apartment with rubble around it.
The body of a rocket stuck in a flat after recent shelling on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

4. Targeting the US with cyberattacks

As Russia edged closer to war with Ukraine, cybersecurity scholar Justin Pelletier at Rochester Institute of Technology wrote of the growing likelihood of destructive Russian cyberattacks against the U.S.

Pelletier quoted a Department of Homeland Security bulletin from late January that said, “We assess that Russia would consider initiating a cyberattack against the Homeland if it perceived a U.S. or NATO response to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine threatened its long-term national security.”

And that’s not all. “Americans can probably expect to see Russian-sponsored cyber-activities working in tandem with propaganda campaigns,” writes Pelletier. The aim of such campaigns: to use “social and other online media like a military-grade fog machine that confuses the U.S. population and encourages mistrust in the strength and validity of the U.S. government.”

5. Will war sink Putin’s stock with Russians?

“War ultimately requires an enormous amount of public goodwill and support for a political leader,” writes Arik Burakovsky, a scholar of Russia and public opinion at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

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Putin’s support among Russians has been rising as the country massed troops along the Ukrainian border – the public believes that its leaders are defending Russia by standing up to the West. But Burakovsky writes that “the rally ‘round the flag effect of supporting political leadership during an international crisis will likely be short-lived.”

Most Russians, it turns out, don’t want war. The return of body bags from the front could well prove damaging to Putin domestically.

Editor’s note: This story is a roundup of articles from The Conversation’s archives.

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As always, publishers’ spring catalogues have a full complement of new titles in Black and African American History and Studies. OTH reached out to authors of titles that particularly intrigued us:

The Inconvenient Lonnie Johnson: Blues, Race, Identity

Julia Simon

Professor of French, University of California, Davis

Penn State University Press, April 2022

Professor Simon told OTH: “Lonnie Johnson is a blues legend. His virtuosity on the blues guitar is second to none, and his influence on artists from T-Bone Walker and B. B. King to Eric Clapton is well established. Yet Johnson mastered multiple instruments. He recorded with jazz icons such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, and he played vaudeville music, ballads, and popular songs.  Largely neglected by scholars, Johnson challenges critical perceptions of the blues as a genre.  In my book, The Inconvenient Lonnie Johnson: Blues, Race, Identity, I take a closer look at Johnson’s musical legacy. Considering the full body of his work, I present detailed analyses of Johnson’s music—his lyrics, technique, and styles—with particular attention to its sociohistorical context. Born in 1894 in New Orleans, Johnson’s early experiences were shaped by French colonial understandings of race that challenge the Black-white binary. His performances call into question not only conventional understandings of race but also fixed notions of identity. Johnson was able to cross generic, stylistic, and other boundaries almost effortlessly, displaying astonishing adaptability across a corpus of music produced over six decades. The Inconvenient Lonnie Johnson introduces readers to a musical innovator and a performer keenly aware of his audience and the social categories of race, class, and gender that conditioned the music of his time.

Lonnie Johnson’s music challenges us to think about not only what we recognize and value in “the blues” but also what we leave unexamined, cannot account for, or choose not to hear. The Inconvenient Lonnie Johnson provides a reassessment of Johnson’s musical legacy and complicates basic assumptions about the blues, its production, and its reception.”




On Black Media Philosophy

Armond R. Towns 

Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa

University of California Press, March 2022

From the Author: “Who is the human in media philosophy? Although media philosophers have argued since the twentieth century that media are fundamental to being human, this question has not been explicitly asked and answered in the field. Towns demonstrate that humanity in media philosophy has implicitly referred to a social Darwinian understanding of the human as a Western, white, male, capitalist figure. Building on concepts from Black studies and cultural studies, Towns develops an insightful critique of this dominant conception of the human in media philosophy and introduces a foundation for Black media philosophy. Delving into the narratives of the Underground Railroad, the politics of the Black Panther Party, and the digitization of Michael Brown’s killing, On Black Media Philosophy deftly illustrates that media are not only important for Western Humanity but central to alternative Black epistemologies and other ways of being human.”





Love and Abolition: The Social Life of Black Queer Performance

Alison Rose Reed

Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University.

Ohio State University Press, Feb 2022

From the Author: “This book looks at Black queer performances in art, theater, and activism to show how love can be a creative and revolutionary practice. I here define love as the embodied action of replacing systems of coercion, criminalization, and control with deep forms of communal care. Of course, love as well as care work can become sites for the reproduction of carcerality; but in the book I chart possibilities for love as a mobilizing force alongside the difficult work of undoing carceral logics, embedded deep in the psyche. Tracing the everyday circulation of affective responses that compel action, I ground social justice–oriented reading and organizing practices specifically in the modern abolitionist movement. The book therefore provides a brief history of love in the Black radical tradition of abolition.

Dominant perspectives on mass incarceration prioritize discipline and punishment. At the same time, mainstream liberal discourses of reform tend to center normative frameworks of the nuclear family and moral rehabilitation. Such logics rehearse disciplining narratives that either minimize the weight of structure or romanticize individual agency inside of it. In contrast, Love and Abolition necessarily centers Black queer feminist analysis and praxis, which offers more expansive possibilities for reimagining collective social life. In the ongoing struggle to dismantle the prison industrial complex and rebuild the world anew, Black queer performance continues to envision radical ways of being together against and despite racial capitalism’s uneven production of alienation, isolation, competition, and premature death. 

The book contributes to Black queer studies and feminist theories of affect by positing that structures of feeling figure centrally in movement-building work. Focusing on love as an affective modality and organizing tool rooted in the Black radical tradition’s insistence on collective sociality amidst unrelenting state violence, I consider the work of visionaries such as James Baldwin, Ntozake Shange, Sharon Bridgforth, and vanessa german. Such work produces what I call tough and tender love, or transformative knowledge and affectionate action. Against a critical overemphasis on the spectacular, the book also looks to everyday sites of emotional and social life—in all its messiness and lived texture. For example, rather than idealizing the writings of famous political prisoners, I analyze the complex and sometimes contradictory creative interventions of jailed writers in the Humanities Behind Bars program I cofounded in Virginia.

Since carcerality shapes everyday psychic and social life, the book argues for a capacious redefinition of prison literature in an age of mass incarceration. Centering Black creative insurgency, what I describe as “abolition literature” resists fetishizing the prison as such and studies how artists and activists seek to reconstitute social practices of addressing harm on their own terms. I therefore identify abolition literature as an emergent field of inquiry that emphasizes social relationships in the ongoing struggle to dismantle constitutively harmful systems. Ultimately, Love and Abolition complements the social science bent of critical prison studies by examining how queer networks of creative solidarity forge new concepts of care. In so doing, the book functions as an abolitionist manifesto during a time in which the work of the humanities must be met with urgency.”