Case Watkins is a cultural and environmental geographer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at James Madison University. Dr. Watkins studies how cultures, politics, and environments interact to shape landscapes and societies. His current book project blends ethnographic, archival, and geospatial analyses to examine the environmental histories and political ecologies of palm oil landscapes in Northeast Brazil, the African diaspora, and the Atlantic World. Through teaching, research, and service, Watkins works to realize and integrate social, global, and environmental justice.
Drawing on fieldwork in New Orleans and Northeast Brazil, his previous and ongoing projects have examined urban socio-spatial patterns as they relate to disaster; transnational migration, identity, and citizenship; colonial landscape transformations; agrarian, development, and environmental politics; and foodways and agro-ecological change in the African diaspora.
Previous work appears in Geographical Review, Journal of Rural Studies, Environment and History, Journal of Latin American Geography, and Southeastern Geographer. Watkins co-authored Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century, published in 2015 by LSU Press and winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize awarded by the American Association of Geographers. He received the 2017 J. Warren Nystrom Dissertation Award from the American Association of Geographers.
Reach me by email: casewatkins [at] gmail.com