Environmental Studies

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

April 2024

  • Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long attended the Political Ecology Society and Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Santa Fe, NM from March 25-30. He served on a panel and presented a flash talk titled, “Extractivism and Climate Justice: Fueling the New Climate Colonialism.”





February 2024

  • Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood had three chapters published in edited volumes in January and February. “Blessings of Pets in Jewish and Christian Traditions” and “Companion Animals” in Animals and Religion, Routledge Press (ed. D. Aftandilian, B Ambros, and A. Gross) and “Animals and Religion” in Religion and Nature in North America, Bloomsbury Press (ed. L. Kearns and W. Bauman).





October 2023

  • Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood was interviewed for U.S. Catholic magazine’s podcast “Glad You Asked.” Each episode of GYA is centered around a question about Catholicism/Christianity that may seem simple at first but requires a good deal of nuance to address well. The question posed to Laura is, “Do dogs go to heaven?” The episode will be released on November 10, 2023.





September 2023

  • Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood was invited to give the Inaugural Animal History Lecture at the University of Dayton. The lecture will be held in February 2024.





July 2023

  • Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long consulted on the new NPR / KUT 90.5 podcast “Growth Machine” and was interviewed for multiple episodes.





June 2023

  • Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood has been invited to join the Board of Directors of Education Congo. This organization works to provide scholarships and raise funds to support programs aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her term begins with the fall board meeting in September.





April 2023

  • Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long co-edited a book with Jennifer L. Rice (University of Georgia) and Anthony Levenda (Evergreen State). That book, titled “Urban Climate Justice: Theory, Praxis, Resistance,” was published by the University of Georgia Press. The three editors also authored two chapters within the book.





  • Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long presented the opening paper in the Climate Colonialism series at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Denver, CO. His talk was titled: “Climate Justice or Climate Apartheid: Interrogating three trajectories of climate colonialism.”





March 2022

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long was the featured speaker in the Urban Climate Finance Network international workshop titled “Financialization and Climate Governance.”





Feburary 2022

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long was the featured speaker in the Urban Climate Finance Network international workshop titled “Financialization and Climate Governance.”





September 2021

  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long were interviewed for a story for the online magazine Grist. The story, “Can Climate Fiction Deliver Climate Justice?” by Maddie Stone, was published on September 28. Among other subjects, the article discusses a Southwestern summer 2021 faculty–student research project, “Climate Literature and Climate Literacy,” led by Evans with two current Southwestern English students, Coleen Roche ’23 and Elena Welsh ’23.





May 2021

  • Double major in Spanish and environmental studies Jasmine Herrera ’21 and history major Saul Zuñiga ’22 presented “Mapping the Past” at the ninth Phi Alpha Theta History Conference, held at Texas State University (TSU) on April 24, 2021. Their poster was awarded first place for undergraduate virtual presentations. The poster was selected from 19 submissions by students from TSU, Baylor, and UT Dallas, and the award included an honorarium and a certificate.





April 2021

  • Double major in Spanish and environmental studies Jasmine Herrera ’21 and history major Saul Zuñiga ’22 presented a paper titled “Mapping the Past: A Look into the Distribution of Midwives from Escuela Libre de Obstetricia y Enfermeria in Mexico City during the 1920s and 30s” at the 9th Phi Alpha Theta History Conference organized by Texas State University and held virtually on April 24, 2021. Herrera and Zuñiga undertook their research, wrote the paper, and prepared the presentation under the mentorship of Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones during the 2020–2021 academic year. You can see their presentation here.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long served as a presenter, panelist, moderator, and chair for several sessions at the (virtual) Annual Association of American Geographers Conference this month. Most notably, he served as moderator and discussant for the “Urban Climate Justice Futures” panel and also presented a paper titled “Crisis Capitalism and Coloniality: Funding Climate Action Projects in the 21st Century.”





March 2021

Feburary 2021

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long  published an article in the journal Politics and Governance  titled “Crisis Capitalism and Climate Finance: The Framing, Monetizing, and Orchestration of Resilience-Amidst-Crisis.”





December 2020

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long was the lead author on a published chapter in the 2020 Palgrave Macmillan book Climate Urbanism: Towards a Critical Research Agenda. The chapter, titled “Climate Urbanism and the Implications for Climate Apartheid,” was coauthored with Jennifer L. Rice (University of Georgia) and Anthony Levenda (University of Oklahoma). Find more information here.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long and coauthors Keara Hudler ’18, Nataley Ford ’18, Lilly Dennis ’18, Joanna Mendez ’18, and Muriel DiNella ’18 received the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Research Award on December 3, 2020, for a paper titled “Intersectional Sustainability and Student Activism.” The paper appeared earlier this year in the journal Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. Find the paper here.





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long  coauthored a paper with former SU students Keara Hudler  ’18, Nataley Ford  ’18, Lilly Dennis  ’18, Joanna Mendez  ’18, and Muriel DiNella  ’18 that was recently nominated for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Research Award. That paper, titled “ Intersectional Sustainability and Student Activism ,” appeared earlier this year in the journal Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. 





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long published an article titled ““Climate Urbanism: Crisis, Capitalism, and Intervention” with Jennifer L. Rice (Department of Geography, University of Georgia). This article appears in the latest issue of Urban Geography.





November 2020

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long  coauthored a paper with former SU students Keara Hudler  ’18, Nataley Ford  ’18, Lilly Dennis  ’18, Joanna Mendez  ’18, and Muriel DiNella  ’18 that was recently nominated for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Research Award. That paper, titled “ Intersectional Sustainability and Student Activism ,” appeared earlier this year in the journal Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. 





  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long published an article titled ““Climate Urbanism: Crisis, Capitalism, and Intervention” with Jennifer L. Rice (Department of Geography, University of Georgia). This article appears in the latest issue of Urban Geography.