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Dr. Case Watkins is a cultural and environmental geographer and Associate Professor of Justice Studies at James Madison University. He holds a PhD in Geography and Anthropology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Watkins studies the interactions of cultures, politics, and environments; how they shape landscapes and societies, and what they can teach us about social and environmental justice. He offers courses on environmental justice, mapping, global justice, community-based research, and academic writing. Based on mixed-method fieldwork in Brazil, Portugal, and Louisiana, his research has examined geographies of race, class, and disaster; transnational migration, identity, and citizenship; agrarian, development, and environmental politics; and political ecologies of foodways, race, and agroecological change. Published in 2021, his book Palm Oil Diaspora reconstructs the environmental histories and political ecologies of palm oil landscapes, foodways, and economies in Brazil and across the Atlantic World. Dr. Watkins is affiliated faculty with the African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies Center and the minor programs in Environmental Studies and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies (LAXC).

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