Dylan Harris, PhD

Dylan Harris, PhD

Dylan Harris, PhD

Assistant Professor
Columbine Hall, rm. 2033

Areas of Interest

  • Nature-Society Relations
  • Climate Change
  • Political Ecology
  • Storytelling
  • Environmental / Climate Justice
  • Cultural Geography
  • Experimental Research Methods
  • Critical Physical Geography
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Critical Theory


  • PhD, Geography, Clark University, 2020
  • MSc, Geography: Environment & Development, The London School of Economics, 2014
  • BA, Political Science & Religious Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies & Sustainability (GES 1500)
  • World Regional Geography (GES 1980)
  • Nature & Society (GES 3500)
  • Global Climate & Environmental Change (GES 4700)
  • Energy (GES 4700)

Selected Publications

Academic Articles

  • Harris, D. M. & McCarthy, J. 2020. Revisiting Power and Powerlessness: Speculating West Virginia’s Energy Future and the Externalities of the Socioecologial Fix. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848620935751.
  • Harris, D. M. 2020. Expanding Climate Futures: Using Science Fiction’s Worldbuilding to Imagine a Climate-Changed Southwestern U.S. Otherwise. Literary Geographies. 6:1, 59-76.
  • Harris, D. M. 2019. Telling stories about climate change. The Professional Geographer. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2019.1686996.
  • Harris, D. M. 2017. Telling the Story of Climate Change: Geologic Imagination, Praxis, and Policy. Energy Research and Social Science. 31, 179-183.
  • Harris, D. M. 2017. Mountain-Bodies, Experiential Wisdom: The Kallawaya Cosmovisíon and Climate Change Adaptation. Third World Thematics. 2: 2-3, 376-390.
  • Harris, D. M, 2015. A Primer on Gramsci, Culture, and Climate Change. Green Social Thought. 68, pp. 8-10.

Book Chapters

  • Harris D. M. & McCarthy, J. Forthcoming. Transition to What and for Who? Transition Tech and the Coal Mine. In: S. L. Scott and K. Engle, eds., The Just Transition in Appalachia. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.
  • Harris, D. M. 2019. Left Behind. In: C. Sandilands, ed., Rising Tides. Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, CA: Caitlin Press.
  • Harris, D. M. 2016. The political ecology of Pachamama: race, class, gender, climate change, and Kallawaya traditions. In: P. Godfrey and D. Torres, eds., Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 186-198.

Book Reviews

  • Harris, D. M. Forthcoming. Anthropocene Poetics: Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. cultural geographies.
  • Harris, D. M. 2017. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press). cultural geographies. DOI: 10.1177/1474474016688913.

Other Writing

  • Harris, D.M. 2019. a case for small climate stories. ENTITLE Blog.
  • Harris, D.M. 2018. Borne on a Damaged Planet: Two books that do the hard work of thinking through the Anthropocene. Not Afraid of the Ruins. http://unevenearth.org/2018/01/borne-on-a-damaged- planet/.
  • Harris, D.M. 2017. Inside/Outside, Radically Beside. Electric Dirt: A Celebration of Queer Voices and Identities from Appalachia and the South, Vol. 1.
  • Harris, D.M. 2016. Keeping the Story Straight. La. Lit: Green Issue. 7.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, 2019
  • Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, Environmental Leadership Fellowship, 2018
  • The Edna Bailey Sussman Fund, Environmental Fellowship, 2018
  • Pruser Dissertation Enhancement Award (Clark University), 2017
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Clark University, 2017
  • Best Graduate Student Paper at the 2017 Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, 2017
  • Denis E. Cosgrove Research Grant (Cultural Geography Specialty Group of the AAG), 2016
  • Albert, Norma and Howard Geller ’77 Endowed Research Award (George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University), 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi – Love of Learning Award, 2013
  • Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program, U.S. Department of Education / Fulbright Foundation, 2011

Volunteer and Service

  • UCCS Campus Sustainability Committee

Curriculum Vitae