Autumn Thoyre - Geography Faculty - Colgate University

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Autumn Thoyre

Visiting Assistant Professor
Geography, 321 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-6381

Degree

Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
M.S., Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund University, Sweden, 2008
B.S., Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

Interests

I study energy and climate policies and activism in the U.S. using perspectives from political ecology and symbolic interactionism. I have particular expertise in energy geographies, environmental politics, sustainability studies, and environmental sociology, as well as rigorous training in social science research methods and interactive teaching techniques.

My research examines the ways environmental policies, environmentalism, and energy systems are changing in a world of climate change by analyzing how people frame technologies as solutions to climate change in the United States. I have focused on energy efficiency technologies, technologies that have captured the imaginations of environmentalists, energy companies, and policymakers as key tools to address climate change. My research advances debates about the ways that environmental issues, technologies, social movements, and policies become part of larger political economic forces and how they resist and reproduce existing class, gender, and racial inequalities.

For more information: https://colgate.academia.edu/AutumnThoyre

Teaching Experience

Courses taught at Colgate University:
  • GEOG 121: Earth, Society & Sustainability
  • GEOG 324: International Environmental Policy
  • GEOG 325: Water & Society
  • GEOG 328: Sustainability & Natural Resources
A People's Guide to Energy ProjectWith Colgate's Collaboration for Enhanced Learning (CEL), students in GEOG 328 and I have developed the "People's Guide to Energy Project," a guide to global sites of energy production and consumption that highlights voices, perspectives and challenges often left out of conventional energy maps, histories and narratives. The PGE project is inspired by Pulido, Barraclough's, and Cheng's "People's Guide to Los Angeles." The project has both public scholarship and pedagogical goals. With it, we aim to add to public conversations about energy sustainability and equity. At the same time, each student who researched and created a webpage on a specific PGE site practiced using theories commonly used by geographers and others to understand how sustainability and social justice challenges can arise across diverse energy landscapes.

Courses taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
  • GEOG 112: Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 420: Capstone course: Global Geographies of Change: An Integrated Course in Natural and Social Processes
  • IDST 089: First-year seminar: Sex & Politics: Reproducing Humanity?

Publications

Thoyre, A. 2015. Constructing environmentalist identities through green neoliberal identity work. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 146-163.

Thoyre, A. 2011. Social capital as a facilitator of pro-environmental actions in the U.S.: A preliminary examination of mechanisms. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 16(1): 37-49.

Fox, K.S., Hennessey, E., Kirsch, S., Marshall, L., Safransky, S., Thoyre, A., and Tiitsman, J. (all equal authorship) 2010. A catalog of things. Review of B. Latour and P. Weibel (eds). 2005 Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy ZKM and MIT Press. Social and Cultural Geography 11(2): 191-199.