Nathan Jessee

Postdoctoral Research Associate
High Meadows Environmental Institute
132 Guyot Hall

Nathan Jessee is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Environmental Fellow at Princeton’s High Meadows Environmental Institute. Nathan’s work is focused on disaster and development forced displacement, colonial and racial capitalist development, and struggles for environmental and climate justice in the Mississippi River Delta. He co-authored a forthcoming book, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, about how the colonial and racialized U.S. property regime comes to bear on Indigenous community resettlement planning efforts in the wake of extreme weather and is currently completing a manuscript about how the Jean Charles Choctaw Nation’s long-standing efforts to resettle as “an act of cultural survival” were transformed by international media attention and government investment. This work situates emerging debates about climate change policy and planning, and in particular interventions around human mobility as adaptation, within the long durée of development, ecocide, and Indigenous-led advocacy on the Gulf Coast. You can also find Nathan’s writing published in Political Ecology, Human Organization, and elsewhere. At Princeton, Nathan teaches in the environmental studies certificate program and is a co-founding facilitator of Princeton’s Indigenous x Environmental Studies Working Group, a partnership between the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the Natives at Princeton student group. During the 2022-2023 academic year, Nathan also served as an interim co-organizer of the Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium.