Becky Mansfield

Becky Mansfield

Becky Mansfield

Department of Geography

1054 Derby Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature-society geography
  • Gender and race in environmental health
  • Biopolitics


  • Ph.D., 2001 Geography, University of Oregon
  • M.S., 1996 Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
  • B.A., 1991 Environmental Studies (Honors), University of California, Santa Cruz
Interests: Political Economy of the Environment; Neoliberalism, Globalization
Current Research: My interests are in Nature-Society Relations, Health and the Body, Political Economy, and Politics of the Environment. I draw from feminist, poststructuralist, and Marxist theoretical approaches to conduct research in four main areas: biopolitics of environmental health, postnatural socio-natures of the 21st Century, neoliberalism and nature, and challenging dominant discourses of human-environment interactions.

Courses Taught: 

  • Geography 3800-Geographical Perspectives on Environment and Society
  • Geography 5802-Globalization and Environment
  • Geography 7101-Research Design

Select Publications: 

  • Mansfield, B. 2012. Race and the new epigenetic biopolitics of environmental health. BioSocieties 7(4): 352-372.
  • Mansfield, B. 2012. Environmental health as biosecurity: “seafood choices,” risk, and the pregnant woman as threshold. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(5): 969-976. 
  • Mansfield, B. 2012. Gendered biopolitics of public health: regulation and discipline in seafood consumption advisories. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30(4): 588-602. 
  • Mansfield, B., Munroe, D.K., and McSweeney, K, 2010. Does economic growth cause environmental recovery? Geographical explanations of forest regrowth.Geography Compass 4/5: 416-427.
  • Mansfield, B. (ed), 2008. Privatization: Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations. Malden, MA: Blackwell.