Jeffrey Romm

Department: Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Race and Resources: While there is a remarkable synchrony of sea-change shifts in American policies toward race and toward natural resources and environment, the two policy themes have been treated by scholars as if independent of one another. We have begun this path of study with the presumption that they are not independent of but are strongly related to one another. We have begun to explore these presumed relations through their joint impacts on land availability and access, labor opportunity and mobility, and the distribution and deployment of capital. Issues include the racial maldistribution of influence and opportunity on ‘public lands’; the impacts of environmental policies on access to residential and employment opportunity in metropolitan areas; means of resolving disparities between Native American treaty-based rights to natural resources and the jurisdictional frameworks that currently control these resources.