Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

2018 Harriet Barlow Resident: Rob Nixon 


Rob Nixon is the inaugural recipient of the Harriet Barlow Residency. He is a writer, professor and activist whose work focuses on the relationship between accelerating rates of environmental degradation and economic disparity — how rich and poor communities experience the impacts of climate change differently, and receive unequal access to our planet’s diminishing resources.   

Throughout his career, he has sought to engage in both scholarly and public writing on environmental concerns and social movements, particularly as they pertain to the global South. As his publications, teaching and institutional initiatives attest, Nixon believes that in an era of increasingly elaborate global entanglements we need to engage seriously with the diverse genealogies of environmental studies and with the wide spectrum of what counts as environmentalism in different parts of the world, be they rich or poor, crowded or sparsely inhabited, urban or rural, religious or secular, imminently threatened or provisionally secure. His areas of particular interest include environmental justice, climate change and the interface between the environmental humanities and the public humanities.

At BMC, Rob continued work on his book Environmental Martyrdom and the Fate of the Forests about those who have lost their lives to protect forests throughout the developing world.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).