September 2023 – May 2024 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor in the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Anthropology, and African American Studies
Kevon Rhiney, Associate Professor of Geography, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, is the 2023-24 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and Visiting Professor in the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Anthropology, and African American Studies. His work explores the development and justice implications of global environmental change in the Caribbean, particularly the ways socio-ecological shocks (ranging from climate extremes, market volatilities to novel crop diseases) are unevenly experienced and negotiated by historically marginalized communities.
While at Princeton, Rhiney will teach two undergraduate courses; Neoliberal Natures: Society, Justice and Environmental Futures this fall 2023, and a seminar course focused on Climate, Race and Justice in spring 2024. He is also organizing a series of public-facing events that highlight the work of activists and experts working at the intersection of climate, natural disasters, and environmental justice.
Rhiney’s work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Annual Review of Environment and Resources (ARER), Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum, and World Development, and featured in print media, including the New York Times, Irish Times, and the National Post (Canada). His research has been supported by a range of funding agencies including the Leverhulme Trust, the Green Climate Fund, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He is the editor for Geography Compass (Development Section) and serves on the international editorial boards for the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Wiley Book Series and the Political Geography Journal. Rhiney also served as a contributing author for the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C.
Rhiney is a past recipient of a British Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica).