Leah Horowitz

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Leah S. Horowitz is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a critical cultural geographer, she conducts research examining grassroots engagements with environmental issues, focusing on transnational mining projects, both urban and rural biodiversity conservation, and climate change activism. She has used ethnographic methods to examine these issues in New Caledonia (South Pacific), Malaysian Borneo, and the U.S. (New Jersey and Wisconsin). By exploring the cultural complexities and power dynamics of tensions surrounding the management and exploitation of natural resources, her research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks – and the crucial role emotions play within these – in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance. This research has been published in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Political Geography, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, among others. She also edited, with Michael J. Watts, Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community Engagements with Industry (Routledge, 2016). Currently, she is embarking on a new research project examining Native American communities' responses to unconventional fossil fuel development (pipelines carrying tar sands and crude oil, and frack sand mining) in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota