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College of Humanities & Sciences

School of World Studies

Kai Bosworth, Ph.D.

Kai Bosworth [View Image]

Assistant Professor


312 N. Shafer St.
Box 842021
Lafayette Hall, room 313


Kai Bosworth, Ph.D., is assistant professor of international studies in the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Macalester College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota.

Bosworth is the author of "Pipeline Populism: Affective Infrastructures of Grassroots Environmentalism in the 21st Century," which examines the possibilities and limitations of pipeline opposition movements in the central United States in grounding the popular politics of climate justice.

His ongoing research examines the implications of the underground—mines, caves, aquifers, burial sites and infrastructure systems—for how we think corporeal feminisms and environmental justice politics.

Representative Publications

Bosworth, Kai. 2021. “The Dakota Access Pipeline Struggle: Vulnerability, Security and Settler Colonialism in the Oil Assemblage.” In Mary Thomas, Mat Coleman, and Bruce Braun, eds. Settling the Bakken Boom: Sites and Subjects of Oil in North Dakota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Bosworth, Kai. 2021. “The Crack in the Earth: Environmentalism After Speleology” In Anna Secor and Paul Kingsbury, eds. A Place More Void. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Bosworth, Kai. 2020. “‘They're Treating Us Like Indians!’: Political Ecologies of Property and Race in North American Pipeline Populism.” Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. doi/10.1111/anti.12426

Bosworth, Kai. 2019. “The people know best: Situating the counter-expertise of populist pipeline opposition movements” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109(2): 581-592.

Bosworth, Kai. 2017. “Thinking permeable matter through feminist geophilosophy: environmental knowledge controversy and the materiality of hydrogeologic processes.” Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 35(1): 21-37.

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