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James J.A. Blair

Rooted in cultural and environmental anthropology, as well as human geography, James J. A. Blair’s research employs ethnographic and historical methods to advance the interdisciplinary fields of political ecology, science, technology and society (STS), and settler colonial studies. His work centers on energy, water and environmental justice in the Americas, particularly conflicts over mining, logging and hydroelectric dams in Chile, as well as offshore oil in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).


In California, Blair has led students in community-engaged research and service-learning projects to support local responses to air pollution, solar power and geothermal lithium development at the Salton Sea. In addition to his public and applied research, Blair has professional experience in global environmental policy, as an International Advocate for NRDC, as well as Land Agency Coordinator for Sierra Club.


Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • National Science Foundation, BCS Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Research Grant (with: PI Alida Cantor, Portland State University; Co-PI Dustin Mulvaney, San Jose State University; and Co-PI Kate Berry, University of Nevada, Reno), $399,876 total, $84,000 allocated to Cal Poly Pomona as subrecipient, 2022-2025
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), International Program Consultancy Contract $47,399, 2019-2020
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), International Program Consultancy Contract $18,600, 2019
  • Mellon/ACLS, Public Fellowship, appointed as International Campaign Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), $140,000, 2017-2019
  • Anthropology and Environment Society, Next Generation Award, $250, 2016
  • National Science Foundation, SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant $17,703 (co-funded by the Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) programs), 2014-15
  • Fulbright-IIE, All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award to United Kingdom, £12,000, 2014-15
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, $20,000, 2013-2014
  • Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Governing Global Production subfield, $5,000, 2012

Selected Publications:



B.A., History, Philosophy and Latin American Studies, Boston College

M.Phil. & Ph.D., Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


English, Spanish (fluent reading, speaking and writing; trained in media communication)

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