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David Correia
Assistant Professor of American Studies

Dr. Correia's research interests center on the intersections of environmental politics and policy, the production of expert knowledge and political economy. He maintains a regional focus on New Mexico and the wider Southwest borderlands. He is currently working on a book for the University of Georgia Press series on the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation that traces the colonial histories and contemporary struggles over nature and property in northern New Mexico. The book reexamines land grant studies through a critical lens that draws on archival and ethnographic methods to understand the cultural politics and political economy of property struggles in northern New Mexico. Correia has published widely in radical history, political ecology and environmental conflict. Recent scholarly articles include essays on the political economy of forest certification, radical social movements in New Mexico, race and state violence, the history of property struggles over Spanish and Mexican property claims in New Mexico and the cultural politics of expert knowledge in New Mexico forest management.


Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico. University of Georgia Press (2013).

Scholarly Articles

Forthcoming (fall 2010), "Retribution will be their reward": Las Gorras Blancas and the Capitalist Transformation of New Mexico. Radical History Review. [Special issue on Enclosures, edited by Amy Chazkel and David Serlin] 2010.

The certified Maine North Woods, where money grows from trees. Geoforum 41 (1), 66-73. [Special issue on Transparency & Social Action in Certified & Ethical Commodity Networks, edited by Tad Mutersbaugh and Sarah Lyon] 2009.

Making Destiny Manifest: United States Territorial Expansion and the Dispossession of Two Mexican Property Claims, 1824--1899. Journal of Historical Geography 35 (1), 87-103. 2008.

Taking Timber, Earth and Water: The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Struggle for New Mexico's Land Grants. Natural Resources Journal 48 (4), 949-962. [Special issue on Land Grants and the Law: The Disputed Legal Histories of New Mexico's Land Grants] 2008.

"Rousers of the Rabble" in the New Mexico Land Grant War: Alianza Federal de Mercedes and the Violence of the State. Antipode 40 (4), 561-583. 2007.

The sustained yield forest management act and the roots of environmental conflict in northern New Mexico. Geoforum 38 (5), 1040-1051. 2005.

From Agropastoralism to Sustained Yield Forestry: Industrial Restructuring, Rural Change, and the Land-grant Commons in Northern New Mexico. Capitalism Nature Socialism 16 (1), 25-44. [Special issue on The Commodification of Nature, edited by Nik Heynen and Paul Robbins] 2004.

On the Etiology of Rangeland Degradation in Northern New Mexico: A Critique of Establishment Explanations. The Southwestern Geographer 8, 35-63. Book Chapters 2007.

A "Continuous and Ample Supply": Sustained Yield Timber Production in Northern New Mexico. In Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences, edited by Nik Heynen, James McCarthy, Scott Prudham, and Paul Robbins. New York: Routledge.


AMST 182 Introduction to Environment, Science and Technology

AMST 320 Nature, Science and Anxiety in the Zombie Films of George Romero

AMST 320 Nature and Technopolitics

AMST 520 Environmental Justice



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