Leah Horowitz

Leah Horowitz

Assistant Professor, Civil Society and Community Studies
4278 Nancy Nicholas Hall

…when the State trembled a sturdy structure of civil society was at once revealed.

– Antonio Gramsci

As a critical cultural geographer, my research examines grassroots engagements with environmental issues.

By using ethnographic methods to explore the cultural complexities and power dynamics of tensions surrounding the management and exploitation of natural resources, my research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks – and the crucial role emotions play within these – in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance.

I have examined micro-political alliances and conflicts around biodiversity conservation, both rural (national parks in Borneo, community-initiated projects in New Caledonia) and urban (New Jersey wetlands). Currently, I am focusing on Kanak responses to multinational mining and refinery projects in New Caledonia.

I am embarking on a new research project examining American Indian communities’ responses to unconventional fossil fuel development (pipelines carrying tar sands and crude oil, and frack sand mining) in the Midwest.

I welcome graduate students who are interested in these or similar issues.

Leah Horowitz CV

Website: https://wisc.academia.edu/LeahSHorowitz

CSCS 375: Community and Environment

ES 349: Climate Change Governance

Selected Publications:


Horowitz, L.S. In press. Rhizomic resistance meets arborescent assemblage: UNESCO World Heritage and the disempowerment of indigenous activism in New Caledonia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.


Horowitz, L.S. 2015. Local environmental knowledge. Pp. 235-248 in T. Perreault, G. Bridge and J. McCarthy (eds.) Handbook of Political Ecology. Routledge, London.


Horowitz, L.S. 2015. Culturally articulated neoliberalisation: Corporate Social Responsibility and the capture of indigenous legitimacy in New Caledonia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 40(1): 88-101.


Johnson, B.B. and L.S. Horowitz 2014. Beliefs about ecological impacts predict deer acceptance capacity and hunting support. Society and Natural Resources 27(9): 915-930.


Horowitz, L.S. 2013. Toward empathic agonism: Conflicting vulnerabilities in urban wetland governance. Environment and Planning A 45(10): 2344-2361.


Le Meur, P.-Y., L.S. Horowitz, and T. Mennesson 2013. “Horizontal” and “vertical” diffusion: The cumulative influence of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) on mining policy-production in New Caledonia. Resources Policy 38(4): 648-656.


Horowitz, L.S. (ed.) 2012. Environmental resistance in the global North. Capitalism Nature Socialism 23(3).


Horowitz, L.S. 2012. Power, profit, protest: Grassroots resistance to industry in the global North. Capitalism Nature Socialism 23(3): 21-34.


Horowitz, L.S. 2012. Translation alignment: Actor-Network Theory, resistance, and the power dynamics of alliance in New Caledonia. Antipode 44(3): 806-827.


Horowitz, L.S. (ed.) 2011. Grassroots responses to industrial development. Development and Change 42(6).


Horowitz, L.S. 2011. Interpreting industry’s impacts: Micropolitical ecologies of divergent community responses. Development and Change 42(6): 1379-1391.


Horowitz, L.S. 2011. Violence contractuelle : Compagnies minières multinationales et la production du consentement en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Working Paper “Gouvernance Minière” No. 06/11. CNRT “Nickel et son environnement,” Nouméa, New Caledonia.


Horowitz, L.S., M. McPherson, and Y.B. Saalmann. 2011. Removing barriers to the emergence and assessment of claims of Gender-Based Persecution by asylum seekers in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies 24(2): 349-350.


McPherson, M., L.S. Horowitz, D. Lusher, S. Di Giglio, L.E. Greenacre, and Y.B. Saalmann. 2011. Marginal women, marginal rights: Impediments to Gender-Based Persecution claims by asylum-seeking women in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies 24(2): 323-347.


Horowitz, L.S. 2010. « Exploiter » ou « gérer » la création de Dieu ? Modèles culturels dans un projet minier en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Pp. 143-171 in E. Faugère and I. Merle (eds.) La Nouvelle-Calédonie : vers un destin commun ? Karthala, Paris.


Horowitz, L.S. 2010. “Twenty years is yesterday”: Science, multinational mining, and the political ecology of trust in New Caledonia. Geoforum 41(4): 617-626.


Horowitz, L.S. 2009. Environmental violence and crises of legitimacy in New Caledonia. Political Geography 28(4): 248-258.


Horowitz, L.S. 2008. Destroying God’s creation or using what He provided?: Cultural models of a mining project in New Caledonia. Human Organization 67(3): 292-306.


Horowitz, L.S. 2008. Environmental violence and crises of legitimacy in New Caledonia. SRI Working Paper No. 14. Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds.


Horowitz, L.S. 2008. “It’s up to the clan to protect”: Cultural heritage and the micropolitical ecology of conservation in New Caledonia. The Social Science Journal 45(2): 258-278.


Horowitz, L.S. and S. Batterbury 2007. New Caledonia. Pp. 1234-1235 in P. Robbins (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Horowitz, L. 2006. Mining and sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production 14(3-4): 307-308.


Horowitz, L.S. 2004. Réserver sa place : Définitions kanak du concept de « réserve » de ressources naturelles vivantes. Pp. 141-148 in J.-M. Lebigre and P.M. Decoudras (eds.) Les Aires protégées insulaires et littorales tropicales. CRET, Collection « Îles et archipels » No 32, Bordeaux.


Horowitz, L.S. 2004. Toward a viable independence? The Koniambo Project and the political economy of mining in New Caledonia. The Contemporary Pacific 16(2): 287-319.


Horowitz, L.S. 2003. Espaces, espèces, esprits : La « nature » et l’identité culturelle kanak contemporaine. Pp. 139-152 in H. Mokaddem (ed.) Approches autour de culture et nature dans le Pacifique Sud. Expressions, Nouméa.


Horowitz, L.S. 2003. La micropolitique de la mine en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Analyse des conflits autour d’un projet minier au sein d’une communauté kanak. Journal de la Société des Océanistes 117(2): 255-271.


Mascia, M.B., J.P. Brosius, T.A. Dobson, B.C. Forbes, L. Horowitz, M.A. McKean, and N.J. Turner 2003. Conservation and the social sciences. Conservation Biology 17(3): 649-650.


Horowitz, L. 2002. Daily, immediate conflicts: An analysis of villagers’ arguments about a multinational nickel mining project in New Caledonia. Oceania 73(1): 35-55.


Horowitz, L. 2002. Kanak people’s engagements with a multinational nickel mining project in New Caledonia. RMAP Working Paper No. 30. Resource Management in Asia-Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.


Horowitz, L.S. 2001. Perceptions of nature and responses to environmental degradation in New Caledonia. Ethnology 40(3): 237-250.


Horowitz, L.S. 1998. Integrating indigenous resource management with wildlife conservation: A case study of Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. Human Ecology 26(3): 371-403.