Emily Ray

Associate Professor

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On Sabbatical

Ph.D., Virginia Tech


Environmental Politics, Environmental Political Theory, Natural Resource and Land-use Conflicts, Environmental Movements; Public Policy


Dr. Ray joined the faculty at Sonoma State in Fall 2015. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2013 and has previously taught at Northern Arizona University. Her expertise is in environmental political theory and politics, with particular interest in the intersections of climate change, technology, outer space policy, land-use disputes, and social theory.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Emily Ray and Sean Parson, "Star Power: Outer Space Mining and the Metabolic Rift."  Limits to Terrestrial Extraction (ed. Robert Kirsch). Routledge Focus on Energy Series, 2020.

Sean Parson and Emily Ray. "Drill Baby Drill: Labor, Accumulation, and the Sexualization of Resource Extraction." Theory & Event 23, no. 1 (2020): 248-270.

Emily Ray, "Marginally Managed: ‘Letting Die’ and Fighting Back in the Oil Sands". Biopolitical Disaster (Ed. Sarah Marie Wiebe and Jennifer L. Lawrence). 2017. 

Emily Ray and Sean Parson, "Reimagining Radical Environmentalism". The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. (Ed. Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg). Oxford University Press, 2016.