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First Name
Traci Brynne
Last Name
Loyola Marymount University
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Environmental history Race and ethnicity Native American and Indigenous History Environmental justice Women's and gender history & reproductive politics
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About Me

Traci Brynne Voyles is an associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher in the fields of environmental history, environmental justice, indigenous studies, feminist theory, and critical race studies. Her 2015 book, Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country, published by the University of Minnesota Press, won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Libraries Association. Her forthcoming monograph, Bound for the Sky: California’s Salton Sea and the Impossibilities of American Environmentalism, has won the support of multiple prestigious fellowships, including the Graves Award in Humanities and will be published in the University of Nebraska Press’s Many Wests series. She is the author of several journal articles and essays, and the co-editor of the forthcoming collection Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History with Mary E. Mendoza. Voyles specializes in working across disciplinary boundaries and has been a featured speaker in a range of multidisciplinary venues and research initiatives. Her current research undertakes an environmental history of childbirth in the 19th and 20th century US. This project foregrounds the racial and settler structures of power that have shaped experiences of and approaches to childbirth care, and, in so doing, seeks out the historical confluences of reproductive justice and environmental justice.

Recent Publications
Voyles, Traci Brynne. Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. “Green Lovin’ Mamas Don’t Vax! Vaccinations, Imagined Bodies, and the Specter of Autism.” Studies in the Humanities, Special Issue on Disability Studies and Environmental Humanities, 2019.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. “Environmentalism in the Interstices: California’s Salton Sea and the Borderlands of Nature and Culture.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 (2016): 211.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. “Man Destroys Nature? Gender, History, and the Feminist Praxis of Situating Sustainabilities.” In Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power, edited by Julie Sze, 196–215. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. “The Invalid Sea: Disability Studies and Environmental Justice History.” In Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory, edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and Jay Sibara, 448–73. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. “Finney, ‘Black Faces, White Spaces’ & Zimring, ‘Clean and White,’ Roundtable Review.” H-Environment, Vol.  , No. 1 2017.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Environment, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Race, Women