Leading Activists and Activist Scholars

  • Julian AgyemanProfessor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and originator of the concept ‘just sustainabilities’
  • Susana Almanza, Director and founding member of PODER (see "Organizations")
  • Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice
  • Jack Chin, Professor and scholar of Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and Law
  • Tara Houska, Attorney and Native American Advisor to Bernie Sanders
  • Dolores Huertaactivist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers
  • Naomi Klein, Award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000)
  • Winona LaDuke, Senior Executive Director of Honor the Earth, environmental justice activist, economist, and writer (see "Organizations")
  • Mustafa Santiago AliSenior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus
  • Naomi OreskesProfessor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, Co-author of Merchants of Doubt (2010)
  • Devon PeñaProfessor of American Ethnic Studies and University of Washington
  • Laura Pulido, Educator, author, and activist with emphasis on Chicanx Studies
  • Ramon Ramirez, former PCUN Leader (see "Organizations")
  • Yeb SañoExecutive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia
  • Ruth “Tata” SantiagoLawyer and community organizer in Puerto Rico
  • Gail Small, Director of Native Action, an environmental justice organization in Lame Deer, Montana (see "Organizations")
  • Julie SzeProfessor of American Studies at UC Davis
  • Dorceta TaylorProfessor; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Michigan
  • Beverly Wright, Professor of Sociology and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (see "Organizations")