Julie Sze

Membership:  2019

Member Bio

Julie Sze is Professor and the Founding Chair of American Studies at UC Davis. Sze's first book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice
(MIT Press), won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded
annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (University of California Press, 2015). She is editor of Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Her forthcoming book, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger, is forthcoming from UC Press, and is a part of the American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present
series. She has written or co-authored 45 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has given talks in Sweden, China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy.


  • "De-Normalizing Embodied Toxicity: The Case of Kettleman City." In Racial Ecologies, edited by Leilani Nishimi and Kim Hester Williams, 106-122. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018).
  • with Lindsey Dillon. "Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability." In Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power, edited by Julie Sze, 246-270. (New York: NYU Press, 2018).
  • with Anne Rademacher, Tom Beamish, Liza Grandia, Jonathan London, Beth Rose Middleton, Liza Grandia, Louis Warren, and Mike Ziser. "Introduction." In Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power, edited by Julie Sze, 1-25. (New York: NYU Press, 2018).
  • with Elizabeth Yeampierre. "Towards a Just Transition: Climate Justice, Development and Community Resilience." In Just Green Enough: Urban Development and Environmental Gentrification, edited by Winifred Curren and Trina Hamilton,61-73. (London: Routledge, 2018).
  • with Jonathan London and Mary Cadenasso. "Environmental Justice Studies and Interdisciplinary Pathways: Crossroads, Labyrinth, or Maze."
    In The Handbook of Environmental Justice, edited by Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty, and Gordon Walker, 252-263. (London: Routledge 2017).
  • with Julie Anand, Netra Chhetri, and Tracy Perkins. "Stories from the Field: Public Engagement through the Environmental Humanities and Allied Disciplines." Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities 5, no. 2. (2018): 49-73.