Ryan HolifieldRyan B. Holifield

Assistant Professor

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 434
Phone: 414-229-4868
e-mail: holifiel@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf (285kb)

Mailing Address:

Professor Ryan Holifield
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota, 2007
M.A., Geography, University of Georgia, 2001
A.B., English, Duke University, 1993

Courses Taught:

Geog 125: Introduction to Environmental Geography - Syllabus (660kb); Online Syllabus (645kb)
Geog 464: Environmental Problems - Syllabus (500kb)
Geog 564: Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice - Syllabus (549kb)
Geog 870: Contemporary Geographic Approaches - Syllabus (618kb)
Geog 905: City, Environment, and Nature - Syllabus (563kb)

Office Hours:

By appointment

Research Interests:

Environmental justice in EPA policies and programs; Environmental justice and risk assessment; Urban environmental governance; Actor-network theory, urban political ecology, and critical geographic theory

Representative Publications:

Holifield, Ryan B., and Zupan, Sandra. “Keep costumes out, keep trains in: Defining and defending spaces for 'good jobs' in a Rust Belt City.” GeoJournal 79.3 (2014): 309-328.
Holifield, Ryan B. “Regulatory science and risk assessment in Indian Country: Taking tribal publics into account.” Geographies of Science Vol. 3, Knowledge and Space Springer Science & Business Media B.V. (2010): 250.
Holifield, Ryan B., Porter, Michael, and Walker, Gordon. “Spaces of Environmental Justice.” Wiley-Blackwell. (2010) .
Holifield, Ryan B. “How to speak for aquifers and people at the same time: Environmental justice and counter-network formation at a hazardous waste site.” Geoforum 40.3 (2009): 363-372.
Holifield, Ryan B. “Actor-network theory as a critical approach to environmental justice: A case against synthesis with urban political ecology.” Antipode 41.4 (2009): 637-658.
Holifield, Ryan B., Porter, Michael, and Walker, Gordon. “Spaces of environmental justice: Frameworks for critical engagement.” Antipode 41.4 (2009): 591-612.
Holifield, Ryan B. “Neoliberalism and environmental justice policy.” Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences Ed. Heynen, N., McCarthy, J., Prudham, S., and Robbins, P. Routledge. (2007) .
Holifield, Ryan B. “Neoliberalism and environmental justice in the United States environmental protection agency: Translating policy into managerial practice in hazardous waste remediation.” Geoforum 35.3 (2004): 285-297.
Holifield, Ryan B. “Defining environmental justice and environmental racism.” Urban Geography 22.1 (2001): 78-90.