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Tracy Perkins

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403

Tracy Perkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Transformation. She specializes in social inequality, social movements and the environment through a focus on environmental justice activism. Her forthcoming book, Evolution of a Movement: Four Decades of California Environmental Justice Activism (University of California Press, January 2022), examines the political evolution of the California environmental justice movement from the 1980s to the mid 2010s.

In addition to her academic writing, Dr. Perkins documents environmental justice activism for public audiences. Examples include Voices from the Valley: Environmental Justice in California’s San Joaquin Valley, In Her Own Words: Remembering Teresa de Anda, Pesticides Activist (1959-2014), the Buzzard Point Oral History Project in Washington DC, and a project-in-development to create a digital archive and multi-media storytelling website on a 1990s era anti-nuclear waste landfill campaign along the lower Colorado River.

Dr. Perkins previously served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. She has a B.A. in Development Studies from UC Berkeley, a M.S. in Community Development from UC Davis, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. See more of her work at


Ph.D.   Sociology Department. University of California, Santa Cruz, 2015

M.S.    Community Development Graduate Group, Human and Community Development Department. University of California, Davis, 2008

B.A.     Development Studies, International and Area Studies Teaching Program. University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Research Interests: 

Social movements, environmental justice, agriculture, digital humanities, social inequality


Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Digital Publications 

Book Reviews


Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 494Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 598Special Topics
AFR 598Special Topics