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New Books!

Baer, Hans and Merrill Singer. Building the Critical Anthropology of Climate Change: Towards a Socio-Ecological Revolution. Taylor & Francis, 2024.

Boyer, Dominic. No More Fossils (2023, University of Minnesota Press) Open access.

Grubbs, Jennifer. Ecoliberation: Reimagining Resistance and the Green Scare (2021).

Disenchanted by indirect forms of protest designed to work within existing systems of corporate and state power, animal and earth liberation activists have turned instead to direct action. In this detailed ethnographic account Jennifer Grubbs takes the reader inside the complicated, intricate world of these powerful and controversial interventions, nuancing the harrowing realities of political repression with the inspiring, clever ways that activists resist.Grubbs draws on her personal experiences within the movement to offer a thoughtful and intersectional analysis. Tracing the strategies of liberationist activists as they grapple with doing activism under extreme repression, Ecoliberation challenges ubiquitous frameworks that position protestors as either good or bad by showing how activists playfully and confrontationally enact radical social change. Nearly a decade in the making, the book looks back at the notorious period of repression called the Green Scare and draws contemporary connections to the creep of fascism under President Donald Trump.In stories that are simultaneously heartbreaking, riddled with tension and contradiction, and inspiring, Grubbs proves that whether or not the revolution is televised, it will be spectacular.

Machaqueiro, Raquel Rodrigues. The Carbon Calculation: Global Climate Policy, Forests, and Transnational Governance in Brazil and Mozambique. (2023, University of Arizona Press)

Varghese, Mathew A. Entangled Ecologies as Metaphors of State Design (2023, Palgrave Macmillan)

My book takes a unique approach to the ethnographic and analytical explorations of ecologies as entangled in their makings. It positions its arguments through emerging anthropocene contexts as entanglements across hybrid ecologies that unravel. The subsumed relationships between actors and the unprecedented interactions across the human and non-human entities brings up unique problematics. Reconfiguration of relationships through changing orders and regimes towards the neo-liberal global moments of places manifest as matters of designs and demarcations.


Michael Sheridan. 2023 “When rain is a person: Rainmaking, relational persons, and post-human ontologies in sub-Saharan Africa,” in Climate Change Epistemologies in Southern Africa: Social and Cultural Dimensions, Jörn Ahrens and Ernst Halbmayer, eds., pp. 49-73. London: Routledge.


Cultures of Energy” podcast (available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, etc). New episodes touch on CCIG related themes. For example the recent discussion of Laurie Parsons’s new book Carbon Colonialism (2023).

Additional sources relevant to CCIG work:

AAA and Climate Change

AAA Climate Change Task Force

Crate, Susan and Nuttall, Mark. Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations.

Dove, Michael. Anthropology of Climate Change: An Historical Reader.

Guarasci, B., Moore, A., and Vaughn, S. Citation Matters: An Updated Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology.

Footnotes on Climate: A Reading List on Architecture and Climate Change.

NBC 12 best books on Climate Change

Rice Social Sciences: What We’re Reading Now

Materials on Cli-fi/Imaginaries:

Cli-fi short film GROW

Atwood, Margaret. 2009. Time capsule found on the dead planet

Brown, Forrest. What is climate fiction? Cli-Fi and How it can help us respond to the climate crisis.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. 2006. The Tamarisk Hunter

Milkoreit, Manjana. 2017. Imaginary politics: climate change and making the future.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew. 2019. The Absence of Climate Justice

Additional readings:

  • Comberti et al., 2019. Adaptation and Resilience: Indigenous COP  
  • Bhavnani, Kum-Kum, et al. 2019. Climate futures: re-imagining global climate justice.
  • Marino, Elizabeth. 2015. Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: An Ethnography of Climate Change in Shishmaref, Alaska. University of Alaska Press.
  • Hoffman, Eriksen, and Mendes. 2022. Cooling Down: Local Responses to Global Climate Change.
  • Krauss, Werner. 2015. Anthropology in the Anthropocene: Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Interdisciplinary Research
  • Figueres and Rivett-Carnac. 2021. The Future we Choose.
  • Orrin Pilkey and Keith Pilkey. 2011. Global Climate Change: A Primer. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Patrick Bond. 2012. Politics of Climate Justice. Paralysis Above, Movement Below. Cape Town, South Africa: University of Kwa Zulu Natal Press.
  • Naomi Klein. 2014. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Felix DoddsJorge Laguna-Celis and Liz Thompson. 2014. From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future. London: Routledge.
  • Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2009. The Climate of History: Four Theses. Critical Inquiry 35 (2): 197- 222.
  • Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2012. “Postcolonial studies and the challenge of climate change.” New Literary History. 43 (1): 1-18.
  • Cruikshank, Julie. 2001. Glaciers and Climate Change.
  • Latulippe, Nicole and Klenk, Nicole. 2020. Making room and moving over: knowledge co-production, Indigenous knowledge sovereignty and the politics of global environmental change decision-making.

Educational Materials/Syllabi

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Graduate Programs and Research Opportunities

Columbia Climate School