Kai Bosworth, Ph.D.
Bosworth's research examines new forms of environmental populism emerging from struggles over oil pipelines in the Upper Midwest.
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Kai Bosworth, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in geography from the University of Minnesota. He also has a B.A. in environmental studies from Macalester College. Prior to arriving at VCU, Bosworth taught at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) at Brown University.
Bosworth's research examines new forms of environmental populism emerging from struggles over oil pipelines in the Upper Midwest, where farmers, ranchers and native nations have collaborated to delay the Keystone XL pipeline. His research strives to understand the ways in which such movements are attempting to build a mass movement for climate justice while also confronting issues of racism, nationalism and settler colonialism in North America. Bosworth is working on a book on this subject tentatively titled “Pipeline Populism.”
Broadly speaking, he teaches about the ideologies of environmentalisms across the political spectrum, especially as they understand the supposed “nature” of race and racism, migration and borders, and gender and sexuality.
He has published articles in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Antipode and The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, as well as collaborative writing in The Miami Rail, The New Inquiry and Jacobin.