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Dr. Julius McGee, 5/20: “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy”

On May 20th at 10:30am, the Department of Sociology is hosting Professor Julius McGee for a talk titled “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy.” If you are interested in attending, please email sociology@uoregon.edu for the Zoom meeting ID.

Julius Alexander McGee (PhD) is an assistant professor at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Black Studies. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between social inequality and climate change. He has also published on topics related to organic farming, renewable energy, global urban development, and transportation. His most recent work explores how mass incarceration contributes to climate change.

Julius has been an active critic of climate mitigation strategies that do not consider the complex reality of social inequality. Since earning his PhD in 2016 at the University of Oregon, Julius has outlined the ways in which organic agriculture contributes to climate change, illustrated how renewable energy consumption expands social inequality, and advocated for a more robust understanding of how energy systems perpetuate racism.

More recently, Julius has embarked on a book project that explores the connection between anti-Black racism and the climate crisis.