Affiliated Faculty

Lindsey L Dillon
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department, Community Studies Program, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies, Science & Justice Research Center
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  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 324
  • Office Hours Mondays and Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm, sign up at
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Activism, Environmental Justice, Science and Technology, American Studies, Sustainability, California History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Courses Contemporary Social Theory, Environmental Inequalities, Space and the Politics of Difference, Feminist Methodologies

Research Interests

Environmental justice, political ecology, spatiality and power, race and racisms, science and technology studies, urban and feminist geographies, ecological grief, climate activism

Selected Media:

Interview in Santa Cruz Sentinel, (July 25, 2020) "Life and Breathe in Monterey Bay

Interview in Bay Nature"Do Parks Push People Out?" (September 21, 2018)

Panel Discussion on KALW City Visions, "Will the Hunters Point Shipyard Ever Be Habitable?"

Profile in Inquiry@ UC Santa Cruz Research Magazine

Interview in Outside Magazine online, "Déjà Vu at Interior and the EPA" 

Profile in Santa Cruz Sentinel on environmental activism in the Trump era

Interview in Salon"Trump's EPA: Who Cares About Environmental Racism?" 

Report on research, CityLab"How Environmental Justice Connects to Police Violence"

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Politics with Honors, Oberlin College

Honors, Awards and Grants

2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award, Society for American Archivists (awarded to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)

2014-2016 UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Studies Program UC Davis

2014 Residential Research Group Fellowship, Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine, "Urban Ecologies"

2011-2012 Chancellor’s Public Fellow, Engaged Scholarship Program, UC Berkeley

2010-2012 Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley

2011 Research Grant, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

Selected Publications


Toxic City: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in San Francisco (UC Press, 2024)

Book Chapters

Dillon, Lindsey. 2017. “Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense.” In Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island, Lynne Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia (eds), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 

Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. 2018. "Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability," with Julie Sze, for Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Julie Sze (ed), NYU Press.

Dillon, Lindsey. 2018. "Crossroads in San Francisco: The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory and its Afterlives," in Inevitably Toxic? Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise, by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton, and Janet Farrell Brodie (eds), University of Pittsburgh Press.

Journal Articles

Dillon, Lindsey. 2021. "Civilizing Swamps in California: Formations of Race, Nature, and Property in the Nineteenth Century U.S. West." In Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (early view).

Dillon, Lindsey. 2018. "The Breathers of Bayview Hill: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in Southeast San Francisco." 24 Hastings Environmental L. J. 227 (227).

Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. 2016. "Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in US Cities," English Language Notes 54(2): 13-22.

Dillon, Lindsey. "War's Remains: Slow Violence and the Urbanization of Military Bases in California." Environmental Justice 8, no. 1 (2015): 1-5.

Dillon, Lindsey. "Race, waste, and space: Brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard.Antipode: A Radical Geography Journal 46, no. 5 (2014): 1205-1221.

Dillon, Lindsey, Rebecca Lave, Becky Mansfield, Sara Wylie, Nicolas Shapiro, Anita Chan, and Michelle Murphy. "Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative." Annals of the Association of American Geographers. (online early view).

Vera, Lourdes A., Lindsey Dillon, Sara Wylie, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Aaron Lemelin, Phil Brown, Christopher Sellers, Dawn Walker, and Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. "Data Resistance: A Social Movement Organizational Autoethnography of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative." Mobilization: An International Quarterly 23, no. 4 (2018): 511-529.

Walker, Dawn, Eric Nost, Aaron Lemlin, Rebecca Lave, and Lindsey Dillon. 2018. "Practicing Environmental Data Justice: From DataRescue to Data Together." Geo: Geography and Environment. (Early view available).

Lindsey Dillon, Christopher Sellers, Vivian Underhill, Nicholas Shapiro, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Marianne Sullivan, Phil Brown, Jill Harrison, Sara, Wylie, the "EPA Under Siege" Writing Group. “The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture”, American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (April 1, 2018): pp. S89-S94.

Fredrickson, Leif, Christopher Sellers, Lindsey Dillon, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Nicholas Shapiro, Marianne Sullivan, Stephen Bocking et al. "History of US presidential assaults on modern environmental health protection." American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (2018): S95-S103.

Dillon, Lindsey, Dawn Walker, Nicholas Shapiro, Vivian Underhill, Megan Martenyi, Sara Wylie, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, and Phil Brown. "Environmental Data Justice and the Trump Administration: Reflections from Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.Environmental Justice. 6 (2017: 186-192. 

Other Publications

Dillon, Lindsey. "The Navy's Legacy on Treasure Island." Civic Data Solidarity Blogpost, SF MOMA Public Knowledge project. October 1, 2018.

Sellers, Christopher, Lindsey Dillon, and Phil Brown. "EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry." The Conversation, June 6, 2018.

Dillon, Lindsey, Christopher Sellers, and EDGI. Environmental Data and Governance in the Trump Era, Social Science Research Council, published December 5, 2017.

Dillon, Lindsey. "Cleaning up Toxic Sites Shouldn't Clear Out the Neighbors," The Conversation, July 10, 2017. Reprinted

"Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration" (Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)

"The EPA Under Siege: Trump's Assault in History and Testimony" (Environmental Data and Governance Initiative)

Book Review of Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, by Dorceta Taylor, In Urban Studies 52 (1742-1745).

Book Review of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, by Rob Nixon, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. In Progress in Human Geography 36 (6).

Redevelopment and the Politics of Place in Bayview-Hunters Point”, ISSI Working Papers. Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley.

Teaching Interests

Environmental studies, Urban studies, Critical Theory, Social Movements