Professor Emerita of Development Studies
Her research, writing, and lecturing focus on the intersections between population, migration, environment, and security issues. She is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and two thrillers about the far right, The Truth about Fire and Deadly Election. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. She is currently completing a book about apocalyptic thinking in the U.S. In spring 2015 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair based in New Delhi, India, lecturing and doing research on Indian and international population policy.
Climate change is one of the most important environmental, social, economic and political challenges of our time. While there is now widespread scientific agreement about its causes, considerable controversy exists over its potential effects and what measures should be taken to address it. This course will look at the competing ways climate change is framed by different actors, including governments, international agencies, energy companies, militaries, environmental movements, celebrities, politicians, and social justice activists. What rhetorical and political strategies do different actors employ? How is popular culture implicated? How do race, gender and economic inequalities shape vulnerabilities and responses to climate change nationally and internationally?