David Pellow

Environmental Studies

Office Location

Bren Hall 4304


Environmental Justice Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social Change, and Social Movements


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University
  • M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University
  • B.A., Sociology, summa cum laude, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Professor David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen and Department Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on environmental and social justice, race/class/gender and environmental conflict, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social change movements that confront our socioenvironmental crises and social inequality. He has volunteered for and served on the Boards of Directors of several community-based, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the living and working environments for people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and working class communities, including the Global Action Research Center, the Center for Urban Transformation, the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Global Response, Greenpeace USA, and International Rivers.