Anti-Blackness and the Environment

Subject code


Course Number



C. Shepard

Course Long Title

Anti-Blackness and the Environment

Cross Listed Courses


This course interrogates the link between anti-Blackness and the environment. It examines how race, power, and environmental risk converge to create environmental racism, which disparately impacts Black communities. This is a conundrum of the Anthropocene: those who cause the least pollution experience its effects the most. Students explore this dynamic while paying attention to how communities fight back and demand justice. They also consider the role this dynamic plays in our current climate crisis and what it implies for the responsibility and possibilities of repair.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Diaspora)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program, IDES - ENVR Program

GEC This Course Belongs To


Class Restriction

Exclude First Years