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 tracyperkins.org.
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
Social movements, environmental justice, agriculture, digital humanities, social inequality
Refereed Journal Articles
Perkins, Tracy and Aaron Soto-Karlin. 2018. “Situating Global Policies within Local Realities: Climate Conflict from California to Latin America.” Pp. 102-123 in Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power edited by J. Sze. New York: NYU Press.