James Hale

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2020-2021

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology

Research Summary: My research is concerned with how groups work to improve areas related to food and environmental justice, especially as those issues relate to talking across difference, overcoming biases, and working through entrenched social, political, and economic inequities. This primarily involves studying and mapping underlying socio-cultural values, norms, identities, and practices; a methodological technique that helps make visible elements that, while hugely consequential, too often are ignored and left to fester. This blind spot in turn undermines otherwise well-intentioned project aims at alleviating injustices and disparities.