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  • Rafi Youatt

    Associate Professor of Politics; Chair of Environmental Studies

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Rafi Youatt is Assistant Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. His work explores the multiple ways that politics works across, through, and in spite of species differences. His first book, Counting Species examined the politics of global biodiversity and the changing modes of environmental governance that have worked in its name. His current book project explores the intersection of interspecies relations and international relations in American borderlands. (Some of his published work can be found HERE).

    Current research collaborations at the New School include a project on Muiltiple Mobilties and a project with the Sacred Himalayas Initiative.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2007, University of Chicago, Political Science

    MA 2001, University of Chicago, Committee on International Relations

    BA 1997, University of California, Berkeley, Political Science

    Recent Publications:



    Counting Species: Biodiversity in Global Environmental Politics. University of Minnesota Press, (2015).



    ‘Personhood and the Rights of Nature: The New Subjects of Contemporary Earth Politics’, International Political Sociology. (2017)

    ‘Sovereignty and the Wolves of Isle Royale.’ In Political Theory and the Animal-Human Relationship. Grant, J. and V. Jungkunz, eds. (SUNY Press, April 2016).

    ‘Interspecies.’ Entry for Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. Gabrielson, T., Hall, C., Meyer, J., and Schlosberg, D., eds. (Oxford University Press, 2016).

    ‘Interspecies Relations, International Relations: Rethinking Anthropocentric Politics.’ Millennium Journal of International Studies. 43(1) (2014), pp. 207-223.

    ‘Pain, Power, and the Interspecies Politics of Foie Gras.’ Political Research Quarterly. 65(2), (2012), pp. 346-358.

    ‘Counting Species: Biopower and the Global Biodiversity Census.’ Environmental Values. (2008). 17(3), pp. 393-417.

    Current Courses:

    Global Political Ecology

    Global Political Ecology

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Directed Dissertation Study (Open Campus)

    Global Political Ecology