Ryan Juskus

Postdoctoral Fellow
High Meadows Environmental Institute

Ryan Juskus earned his Ph.D. in religion from Duke University. Before coming to Princeton, he was an instructional fellow at Duke and a teacher-scholar postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University, where he designed courses in ethical environmental leadership. He does fieldwork with religious, primarily evangelical Christian, environmental activists in the United States and Latin America. In his research, Juskus explores religion and political ecology, the religious and ethical aspects of environmental justice and environmental conflicts, and how communities construct and contest nature as a storehouse of resources. His scholarship and teaching are informed by almost twenty years of involvement with La Asociación Paz y Esperanza, a peace and justice organization in the Americas; his leadership role with a global academic and experiential learning program focused on culture and human flourishing; and several years as an organizer for affordable housing in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in academic journals, like Environmental Humanities (forthcoming in 2023) and Ecclesial Practices, as well as public fora, like The Immanent Frame and ABC Religion & Ethics; he also collaborated with his students to publish Decarbonizing Character: Visions of Decarbonized Human Flourishing (Yellow Leaf Publishing, 2022). During his fellowship with the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Juskus is preparing his first book, "The Ecopolitics of Truth and Sacrifice: Religion, Science, and Politics in Coal's Sacrifice Zones," for publication.