Sarah Ray

Professor - Environmental Studies Department Chair

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy, University of Oregon
M.A. American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
B.A. Religious Studies, Swarthmore College
Sarah Jaquette Ray has been Program Leader of the Environmental Studies Program at Humboldt since 2013. She received her PhD in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy, with a focal department of English, at the University of Oregon in 2009. She holds a BA in Religious Studies (Swarthmore College) and a MA in American Studies (UT-Austin). Her first book, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (University of Arizona, 2013) explores the ways that environmental discourse often reinforces existing social hierarchies, drawing on a legacy of nativist, racial, and ableist exclusion in environmental history. Dr. Ray has edited three collections, including Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (2017), Disability Studies & the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (2017), and Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (2019). Her second book, a Field Guide to Climate Change: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet (California, 2020) is an existential toolkit for the climate generation. Her research areas are interdisciplinary environmental studies and the environmental humanities, environmental justice, climate change emotions, and youth activism. She teaches and advises in the Environmental Studies BA Program and the Environment and Community Master's program.


Areas of Interest: 

Environmental humanities, environmental justice, ecocriticism, disability studies, cultural studies, ecomedia studies, and feminist theory.



Courses Taught: 
ENST 120: Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENST 295: Power/Privilege and the Environment
GEOG 322: California Geography
ENST 395: Research and Analysis in Environmental Studies
ENST 480: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change
ENST 490: Environmental Studies Capstone
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