Brian Williams

Postdoctoral Fellow, Geography

My work centers questions of racism and justice in human-environmental politics, with a focus on food and agriculture. I incorporate archival research, oral history, and ethnographic methodologies to trace the role of racism and agrarian capitalism in the political ecologies of cotton production. Through this work, I examine the ideas about race and nature which shape pesticide usage, the continuities between plantation agriculture and contemporary industrial agriculture, and the implications of Black geographies for contemporary agro-environmental justice. 


116B Fairchild
HB 6017


  • B.A. The University of Southern Mississippi, 2008
  • M.A. The Ohio State University, 2013
  • PhD The University of Georgia, 2018