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Dr. Traci Brynne Voyles


Associate Professor and Chair, Women's and Gender Studies

Phone: (405) 325-3481
Email: voyles@ou.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Traci Brynne Voyles is an Associate Professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 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 most recent book, The Settler Sea: California’s Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism, has won the support of multiple prestigious fellowships, including the Graves Award in the Humanities and will be published in the University of Nebraska Press’s Many Wests series. 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. 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 long 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.

Publications

BOOKS

The Settler Sea: California’s Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism. Many Wests. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2021 [in press].

Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. 291 pages.

Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History. Co-edited with Mary E. Mendoza. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press [under contract].

JOURNAL ARTICLES


ESSAYS, INVITED ESSAYS, AND CHAPTERS IN EDITED COLLECTIONS

  • “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. 19 pages.
  • “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. 25 pages.
  • “Intimate Cartographies: Navajo Ecological Citizenship, Soil Conservation, and Livestock Reduction.” In American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, edited by Joni Adamson and Kimberly N. Ruffin, 50–63. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature 15. New York: Routledge, 2013. 13 pages.
  • “Pushed Into the Margins: Native Women and Environment in Settler California.” In Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History. Traci Brynne Voyles and Mary E. Mendoza, Eds.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press [under contract].
  •  “The Ownership of the Earth: Environmental History and White Settler Supremacy,” In Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History. Co-authored with Mary E. Mendoza. Traci Brynne Voyles and Mary E. Mendoza, Eds.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press [under contract].