John Blatzheim


Areas of Interest: 
environmental justice activism, Marxist theory, critical race studies, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, feminist anthropology, Appalachia

Bio: 

I am excited to be a first year PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Rice University. My research interests include environmental justice activism, Marxist theory, critical race studies, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and feminist anthropology, with a geographical focus on Appalachia. I am particularly interested in how intersectional environmental justice organizers encounter whiteness as a barrier in their work among white working class and poor communities struggling with environmental health issues. This interest is significantly informed by the potential for building a broad based and intersectional movement of working class and poor people which emerges from these organizing efforts.

Prior to joining the department I was an undergraduate in the Anthropology program at Illinois State University where I was awarded the Ed Jelks Outstanding Anthropology Senior Award. As an undergraduate I volunteered at and conducted fieldwork with Illinois People’s Action, a local community organizing non-profit. My work with the organization included performing outreach, community education, and planning and participating in protest actions. My honors thesis, which can be found in digital form at practicingresistance.net, explored the emergence of activist subjectivities through experiences of oppression, and processes of subjectivation mobilized through activists’ social relationships.

When I am not on campus or doing activism I can often be found playing tabletop games at my local game shop, or in Florida visiting my partner and our six chickens, three dogs and two birds.

John Blatzheim
Graduate student
jb92@rice.edu