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Alex A. MoultonAlex A. Moulton

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
PhD Clark University, Geography

The University of Tennessee
921 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0490

Phone: 865-974-
Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Environmental Sociology, Political Ecology, Environmental Justice, Race and Development

Alex Moulton’s research focuses on contested nature-society relationships, with attention Black socio-spatial epistemology and struggle, global environmental change, and environmental justice. His work focuses on Jamaica, where he has conducted research on agricultural livelihoods, conservation and development, Maroon communities, and human-dimensions of climate change. Moulton has also conducted field research in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Republic of South Africa. He combines qualitative fieldwork methods, archival research, and discourse analysis.

His current and emerging research explores the symbolic and material implications of notions of eco-spatial identity, rights, and justice articulated by Afro-indigenous and Black counter-cultural communities. His dissertation research examined the effects of Jamaican Maroons’ freedom struggle in the reproduction of racially coded socio-environmental space on the island. This includes research on the position of the Maroons in protected area management and environmental activism. Moulton is working on developing research that explores black identity, land, and justice in Southern Appalachia.


  • Davis, J., Moulton, A.A., Van Sant, L., and Williams, B. (2019)  ‘Anthropocene, Capitalocene,… Plantationocene?: A manifesto for ecological justice in an age of global crises.’ Geography Compass, 13(5): e12438. (Invited).
  • Moulton A.A. and Machado, M. (2019)  ‘Bouncing forward after Irma and Maria: Acknowledging colonialism, problematizing resilience and thinking climate justice.’ Journal of Extreme Events, 6(01): 1940003.
  • Moulton, A.A (2017). ‘Agrarian change and the development of the greenhouse farming sector in Jamaica.’ Caribbean Geography, 22:1-20.
    Moulton, A.A. and Popke, J. (2017) ‘Greenhouse governmentality: Protected agriculture and the biopolitical management of agrarian life in Jamaica.’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35(4): 714-732.
    2015 Moulton, A.A., Popke, J., Curtis, S., Gamble, D., and Poore, S. (2017) ‘Water management strategies and climate adaptation: Lessons from the 2014 drought in Jamaica.’ Caribbean Geography, 20: 60-73.


  • Williams, B. Van Sant, L., Davis, J. and Moulton, A.A. (2020)  “Race, land and freedom.” In The SAGE handbook of Historical Geography, Vol. 1, edited by Mona Domosh, Michael Heffernan, and Charles W. J. Withers, pp. 179-198. SAGE.
  • Curtis, S., Popke, J. and Moulton, A.A. (2017) “Case Study 3.2. Climate Change, Agriculture, and Tourism: Observations from Jamaica.” In Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean, Volume II: Supporting Activities, edited by Martha Honey and Samantha Hogenson, pp. 74-81. Business Expert Press.
  • Poore, S., Moulton, A.A., Gamble, D.W., Curtis, S. and Popke, J. (2016)  “The 2014 Jamaican Drought: Climate change or inter-annual climate variability?” In Global Change and the Caribbean: Adaptation and Resilience, edited by Duncan McGregor, David Barker, Kevon Rhiney and Thera Edwards. The University of the West Indies Press.


  • Moulton, A.A. (2020)  Review: Ruma Chopra, Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018. viii+313 pp. Caribbean Quarterly, 66(2): 326-328.
  • Moulton, A.A. (2020)  ‘Black Geographies: New Maroon Studies and the Politics of Place.’ Platypus: The Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing Blog
  • Moulton, A.A. (2019) ‘Reflections from the Field: Ruminations on tradition, conservation, and tourism in South Africa.’ The Monadnock: Magazine of the Clark University Geographical Society, 61: 12-13.
  • Moulton, A.A. (2018)  Review Symposium – Peter James Hudson’s “Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean”.
  • Moulton, A.A. Review: Peter James Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Moulton, A.A.  (2016) Commentary: Sweat, Blood and Oil: The political-economic vampirism of the Bakken oil fields. The Monadnock: Magazine of the Clark University Geographical Society, online.

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